Are you B12 Deficient??

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been hearing a lot about B12 deficiency, especially for vegans and those on raw foods diets.  All people need B12 in their diets, especially infants and those over 50.  But did you know that many Americans suffer from this deficiency?    B12 is one of the vitamins which is hard to get, even in the healthiest of diets.  So take a minute to consider: do you experience any of these symptoms?

  • weakness, tiredness or light-headedness
  • rapid heartbeat and breathing
  • pale skin
  • sore tongue
  • easy bruising or bleeding, including bleeding gums
  • stomach upset and unexplained weight loss
  • diarrhea or constipation

If so, perhaps it’s time to consider that you have a lack of B12 in your diet.  Talk with your practitioner to see whether or not you are B12 deficient.  A reliable source of B12 is Red Star Nutritional Yeast (one tablespoon).  You can also take a sublingual tablet with folate, or eat meat.

Have a wonderful day! 🙂


Guest Blogger: Katie Den Ouden of Rooted Wellbeing

I’m so excited to introduce you to my very own health coach, Katie Den Ouden. What to say about her??? She is very knowledgeable, sweet, and sincere. With a true desire to help people, she had guided many people to healthier way of living. Please enjoy her post on cleansing!!  -Dani


I feel so honored to be writing this guest post for Dani and her health coaching practice. Dani, you have been such an inspiration with your ability to absorb information, put it into practice, and now showing others the way to living a more meaningful, healthy, and abundant life. The work you do with others is no-doubt amazing and I cannot wait to see where your business unfolds and the numerous amounts of people you impact with your passion and knowledge. Xo. Katie

Cleaning House – A whole new meaning.

Do you ever wish you could feel the energy, mental clarity, and lightness in your body the same way you do when you physically clean your house?

This past Sunday I spent 4 hours cleaning house – everything from the pantry to the bathroom to the closets. I cleared clutter, donated pieces we aren’t using, and made space. It feels so liberating and rejuvenating! I’m starting a new season afresh and feel like I can conquer a TON of my to-do list, woot! woot!

I’ve cleaned my physical space and it feels amazing, but what if I want more? Well, there is “cleaning house” and then there is CLEANING HOUSE. Let me explain…

Many times we get spring fever (or autumn fever in my case) and we clean the house, garage, or even our cars, but we neglect to take care of one of the most important spaces – our beautiful bodies! Either we never attempt to clean our body or we try the latest diet fad to get our body beach-ready or holiday season slim (so we can pack on a few pounds of holiday feasting, of course).

But, the truth is that the fad diets, and even sound diets, can be harmful and never work when we have waste and toxins built up in our system and we never give them the chance to be released.

We have more than enough processed foods in our diets, chemicals in our cleaners, and stress in our lifestyles to slow down and majorly clog our natural detoxification systems.

With autumn and holidays on the way, this is one of the best times of the year to cleanse (spring being the other). With produce plentiful and in season, it’s the perfect time of year to strengthen our immune systems, shed any unwanted summer weight gain (or years of weight gain), release stored up toxins that are keeping us weighed down and fatigued and truly give our body the nourishment it needs have mental clarity, boundless energy, and a lightness about it.

My personal health journey started with a cleanse MANY years ago. The drastic change in how I felt was a-maz-ing. I had boundless energy, clear skin, dropped dress sizes, mindset of euphoria, and could concentrate like Einstein. (And no, I wasn’t doing drugs). The only problem was that I didn’t know HOW to cleanse or WHY to cleanse so even though I ended up getting amazing results that literally changed my life, I started out terrible and dangerously. I needed a system and support to do it safely, correctly, AND still change my life.

Now you are probably thinking crazy cleanses of liquid concoctions and juice fasting. Let me stop you right there – cleansing is and can be SO much more than that AND much safer than those approaches. To help you get started feeling lighter, brighter, and energized for Autumn and the holidays, I’ve pulled together 3 SIMPLE at-home tips you can implement to start feeling being right away.

AND, if you’d like to know more, I’d like to personally invite you to a FREE teleseminar I am giving this Thursday, September 21st, 5:30pm PST/8:30pm EST.

Cleansing 101:
Simple & Effective Ways to Cleanse
Without Liquid Fasts, Crazy Concoctions, or Deprivation!

In this FREE TELESEMINAR, I’ll Reveal The Quickest and SIMPLEST Ways To Root Down in Autumn and still feel Lighter, Brighter, and More Energized Than Ever! You’ll uncover why our bodies store toxins, steps to implement right away to cleanse toxins and drop the weight, and 3 bonus recipes from my results-proven Autumn Cleanse Cookbook.

If you can’t make the live call, no worries, simply register for the event and a recording will be sent to you shortly afterwards. To register, simply go to .

3 Simple At-Home Tips to start to feel lighter and brighter before you know it….

1. Start your day with a full glass of water and a splash of fresh lemon juice. The liver is the largest internal organ and is responsible for numerous body functions, but one of the most important things it does is clean our blood by removing toxins. Drinking lemon water is one of the easiest and effective ways to cleanse as it assists the liver by providing high levels of anti-oxidants to neutralize free radicals produced by the liver when filtering the blood. Simply add the juice of ½ lemon to 8 oz. of water and enjoy!

2. Add one serving of greens a day. Leafy greens and green vegetables are one of the most missing foods in our diets today and yet they provide critical agents, such as chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals, to protect, heal, and assist in the removal of toxins from the body. Simple ways to increase your greens include 1) using a green leaf (chard, kale, romaine) for wraps instead of a tortilla or slice of bread, 2) eating a small green salad at the beginning of your meal, 3) Green Smoothies!!! Check out these awesome green smoothie recipes to get you started: Green Smoothie Basics, The Elvis Smoothie, and Peachy Keen Green Smoothie Machine.

3. Epsom salt baths. Baths in general are a great way to relax the body. The hot water helps draw toxins to the skin’s surface and as the water temperature cools, the toxins are drawn out of the body. Epsom salts help to further this detoxification process along as the magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt) assists in drawing more toxins to the skin surface. Additional benefits include muscle relaxation (decrease of lactic acid buildup), decrease in blood pressure, reduction of inflammation, and digestion aid.

Now, if you find yourself saying, “This is great Katie, but I want to do more! I really want to beat the bloat, have more energy and mental clarity, but I need your help…” Then you’re in luck! Check out the GROUP Autumn Cleanse Programs I am offering starting October 6th. Hundreds have completed this cleanse and keep raving about it to this day. See what it’s all about and if you are ready to up the standards on your health.

Go to

Happy cleansing!

Katie Den Ouden, MA, CHC, AADP
Holistic Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach

Just For YOU

If you’re feeling a little stressed or overwhelmed, I would really like if you would take a couple of minutes to slow down and read this poem.

“Matches” by: Zeb Telfer

Before Dark

by: Wendell Berry

From the porch at dusk I watched

a kingfisher wild in flight

he could only have made for joy.


He came down the river, splashing

against the water’s dimming face

like a skipped rock, passing


on down out of sight.  And still

I could hear the splashes

farther and farther away


as it grew darker.  He came back

the same way, dusky as his shadow,

sudeen beyond the willows.


The splashes went on out of hearing.

It was dark then.  Somewhere

the night had accommodated him


–at the place he was headed for

or where, led by his delight,

he came.

Tomato Soup

I originally got this recipe from Amand Blake Soule’s website,  I have, however, made a few changes  to make it easier for digestion.  She uses olive oil which has a low heat tolerance resulting in oil not easily digested.  I replaced it with coconut oil and also left out the celery.  I have two jars of it in the freezer waiting for a winter’s night to be brought out for hungry mouths.  Here is the revised version.

You will need:

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons coconut oil

4 lbs. tomatoes, peeled, sliced in half and with stems removed

1/2 teaspoon celtic sea salt or to taste

1/2 teaspoon pepper or to taste

1 medium white onion (she calls for yellow, but I like the sharp taste of the white) diced

5 medium carrots diced

3 cloves minced garlic or to taste

2 cups free-range chicken broth

Place the sliced tomatoes on a baking sheet, top with coconut oil, salt, pepper, and thyme (or whatever herb you like).  Roast them in the oven for 3o min. at 400*

Colorado grown tomatoes from Pope Farms

While the tomatoes roast, melt the butter in the bottom of a stock pot.  Add the onion, carrots, and garlic until they begin to get soft.

When the tomatoes are done, add them.

Also add the chicken broth, and simmer until the vegetables are done.

Puree the soup.  If you want to eat right away, add some cream (if you don’t have a dairy allergy) and fresh basil.  If you want to freeze it for later, ladel into jars, let it cool so the glass doesn’t break in the freezer, and freeze.

To reheat: thaw out the soup, pour into pot on stove, and slowly reheat.  You can then add your basil and/or cream.