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Flourless Chocolate Cake Last weekend I had the opportunity to celebrate a delicious birthday with my dear friend Nora. I have been gluten-free for a while (and have been feeling and looking sooo  much better for it), so I was ecstatic to find out Nora had decided to create a totally gourmet gluten-free feast in honor of her own dietary transition.

This recipe was a total hit, which is why I am sharing it with you. I modified it to be sugar free as well, using xylitol (a sugar alcohol derived from birch or corn). I recommend buying the kind made from birch, which is also called birch sugar sometimes. Xylitol can just about be substituted cup for cup with regular sugar, but will not spike blood sugar or cause any of the other funky sugar issues.

Enjoy this healthier indulgence during your next celebrations! (Thank you Nora!)

Nora’s Birthday French Flourless Chocolate Cake (Gluten-free)

Yield: 12 servings


7 oz (200 g) semisweet chocolate (45-50 % cocoa)

8 oz (225 g) organic butter, ghee or coconut oil (unsalted)

just under 1 cup xylitol (get the birch kind made from birch, not corn)

5 eggs, separated

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

2. Line a 9 in (23 cm) cake tin with greaseproof or other non-stick paper and butter the tin. (Nora didn’t use the paper)

3. Break the chocolate into small pieces and melt it with butter or ghee over hot water, or in the oven works also

4. Beat the egg yolks with half of the xylitol. I put in all the sugar with the egg yolks and added a couple of tablespoons of warm, not hot water

5. Fold in the melted butter and chocolate mixture – be sure that its not to hot otherwise you cook the eggs

6. Beat egg whites until frothy by using an electric mixer; (gradually add the remaining xylitol,) beating until stiff peaks form.

7. Fold in the beaten egg whites.

8. Bake at 350 degrees until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, approximately 40 minutes.

9. Use a knife to separate the cake from the non-stick paper. Please observe that the cake is quite sticky!

The Flourless Chocolate Cake may be served warm or cold with Cashew Whipped Cream or Coconut Bliss (yumm!). The cream may be dusted with raw cacao powder before serving, and decorated with raspberries or strawberries.

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Just in the nick of time to celebrate National Yoga Awareness Month . . .

Enjoy this simple yoga pose to tone your belly, energize your mind, open your lungs, cleanse your body, lengthen your spine . . . And so much MORE!

xox Ana

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In yoga there is a law that states: “where attention goes energy flows“.

So, whatever you are present to is what is fed, what flowers, what grows.

This can be applied to just about any area of your life.

But what I want to focus on here is how presence relates to your metabolism, energy, digestion and your health.

First, let’s just look at what presence is and how it works.

It has been scientifically proven that we can affect anything simply by observing it and paying attention to it. You can affect another’s behavior by observing them.

We might call this self-consciousness, but this phenomenon has also been shown in animals, planets and more.

You may have even noticed for yourself that when you are in nature, observing the beauty around you, that you experience an almost immediate sense of relaxation and well being.

Well, this emotional responsiveness to what we put our attention on also relates to our body and to our metabolism.

When you eat with awareness and really fully choose presence with your meals, research has shown that you actually assimilate more nutrients, digest better and boost your metabolism.

Digestion, in fact, begins in the head! Wow!

Now, you may be saying “big deal, I don’t have time for this”, or “I don’t really care”.

Well, I encourage you to listen up because if you wish to maximize the nutrition from the food you eat, increase your energy, burn more calories without getting on the treadmill, get more enjoyment from your food and prevent overeating, this is THE tip you can start right away for profound results.

Without presence in the act of eating, you will experience less enzymatic action in the gut and be more likely to experience digestive problems (even if you don’t “feel” them), bowel disorders, lowered immunity, and fatigue. Not to mention you will most likely hold onto weight, have more difficulty losing excess weight AND overeat.


In order to take full advantage of the metabolic power of presence, you must give your full attention to eating. This means no TV, no reading, no computer, no eating while you work or while you drive. Be fully present.

Now, the slight exception to this would be eating in the presence of others. This is fine and even beneficial. Sharing a relaxed meal with family or friends is still supporting the attention being on your food and the act of eating.

Your Action Step:

For the next week be totally 100% present to your meals (and snacks). Remove all distractions and commit to this with your whole self.

Create a relaxing atmosphere alone or with others. If you are at work, step away from your desk.

Notice your food, smell it, look at it, really taste it, chew it, breath it.

Really make this a meditation.

Extra credit: Now if at some point during the week you choose to indulge in or binge on a “forbidden” food, be totally present.

DO NOT leave the building. Pay attention to what happens when you actually scoop the ice cream out of the container into a beautiful bowl, create a calm and comfortable environment and sit down, while enjoying it slowly.

If you are eating low quality ice cream, you will most likely put it down pretty quickly. : )

Even if you are eating the good stuff, you will most likely be satisfied with less.

This is not easy, I know, so be gentle with yourself.

I encourage you to try this, and please leave a comment below to let me know how it goes!

with love,


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With just a week to go until we reach the spring equinox, the air seems to be filled with a sort of pent up anticipation for what the sights, scents and longer days of spring will deliver. You may notice that awkward phase of lingering winter stagnation mixed with boyant spring lightness. You may be feeling ready to shed some layers, be they physical, emotional or mental. As always, I invite you to set big goals, but remember to take small steps in working towards health, balance and feeling your best.

I am currently on the east coast visiting family and spending considerable time with my stepfather who has just had a stroke. He is certainly recovering with aggressive therapy, but the road will be long and full of hard work. He will get there by taking one step at a time. For me this has been teaching (or reminding) me of both the preciousness of self-care to maintain personal health, and the importance of taking one step at a time even when goals may seem too large to be real.  It is so important to see that grand vision, but stay present with today’s action steps.

I am, of course, a huge believer in prevention. In feeding our bodies fresh, delicious foods appropriate for each individual; moving our bodies as they were intended to move; and just generally being proactive in creating a life that feeds and nourishes in every aspect. We are not here to be lived by life, but to live our lives to the fullest. This includes diving to the darkest depths and rising to the highest highs, and then beginning to find our middle ground where the pendulum begins to swing less extremely.

Spring has traditionally signaled a natural urge to cleanse or purge. Perhaps we clean house, clean our bodies, or feel compelled to make a fresh start in other ways. With the Devana Spring Cleanse Workshop coming up in just a few weeks, I thought it could be nice to offer some small steps to begin moving in the direction of the larger goal. Below are some ideas to begin to infuse a little detox into each day without being too overwhelming. I hope you can all join us for this year’s cleanse whether you come in person or participate online.

Daily Detox
1.    Choose organic. Choosing organic as much as possible is a sure fire way to minimize exposure to the many toxic chemicals that can be used in conventional farming. The higher nutrient content that is in organic produce also assists the body more effectively in its daily detoxification processes. Now sometimes organic just is not available, which means simply staying informed and getting a little savvy. Perhaps you can buy locally grown without pesticides. Or if you do buy conventional, be sure to stay away from these 12 most pesticide laden vegetables and fruits: peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, lettuce, imported grapes, pears, spinach and potatoes.
2.    Get your greens! Dark leafy greens are loaded with cleansing antioxidants and toxic cleaning chlorophyll. Cruciferous vegetables stimulate the production of the detox enzyme glutathione-s-tansferases (GST), which binds to heavy metals, solvents, and pesticides, and eliminates them through stool. If getting these in daily still proves a challenge, try incorporating a green food supplement like Greens First (http://GreensFirst.com/4550). Although not a replacement for the real deal, it is loaded with beneficial antioxidants, vitamins and minerals making it a wonderful “food-based supplement” that can benefit even those eating their greens.
3.    Pre-digest” your food. Our bodies work hard to break down the foods that we introduce into our systems day in and day out. When we blend or juice our food, these processes help break down the nutrients to make them more available. The result is more energy for other things! Remember though, that you should still chew even this liquefied food so that your digestive system understands this is food, not drink. (For a great offer on a Vita-Mix 5200 see my recommended products page.)
4.    Nourish your liver. In Chinese medicine, the liver gets the focus in the springtime, meaning we need to give this hard-working organ extra attention and care at this time. There are certain food and herbs that can be used to gently and effectively cleanse and boost the liver. Foods and herbs to try include: Artichoke and artichoke leaf herb, dandelion root and leaf, green tea (as a beverage or supplement), milk thistle seed, and turmeric root.
5.    Cleansing morning beverage. A simple ritual to try is 6-8 oz. lemon water in the morning. You can have it warm or room temperature. With stevia or straight. Lemon water in the morning gently stimulates digestion and elimination and helps alkalize the body. Be sure to rinse or brush your teeth after, because it can be a little acidic on tooth enamel.

These are just a sampling of easy and proactive ways to support you body in what it wants and needs to do. Remember to set your goals, get support, then step one foot in front of the other.

Blessings and Love!

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Favorite Product: E3 Live

Allow me to introduce the powerful food called blue green algae (BGA). BGA is high in dietary nucleotides (more on this below); extremely rich in minerals, with a higher concentration of beta-carotene than broccoli; loaded with antioxidants; a great source of omega fatty acids and extremely alkaline. It is comprised of about 60 to 70% of vegetable protein, and provides all the essential amino acids. This makes it a wonderful complete protein source for vegetarians and vegans and those who may need to consume less animal protein. A rich source of calcium, iron, vitamin B12, enzymes and antioxidants blue green algae is an ideal food for both adults and children. Even pets can benefit greatly from this nutrient-packed food.

High quality blue green algae is a potent and potentially healing food, but it is important to remember that the power of blue green algae lies in it’s purity, freshness and bio-availability. If it is not harvested from a clean source, properly tested for harmful microorganisms and processed in a way to retain nutrients it will not live up to its superfood claims. I would like to share with you what I have found to be potent and pure source of BGA called E3 Live .

E3Live – Top 10 Health Benefits of Blue Green Algae

This is an amazing and highly nutritious food that can support our health on many different levels. Below are the top ten benefits that can make BGA a healthy convenience food to replace the unhealthy processed and fast foods in the modern diet.
1) Anti-Aging: Loaded with more essential nutrients and iron than most foods that we consume, blue green algae is perfect as an anti-aging food. Its high concentration of antioxidants means our bodies can combat more free radicals and toxics.
2) Relief from headaches aches and pain: our immune systems are strengthened.
3) Energy Booster – has rejuvenating and uplifting effects.
4) Better Digestion – it coats the stomach lining and is packed with enzymes that help to improve digestion.
5) Sleep better – it is detoxifying, resulting in better rest.
6) Lose weight – Green foods can help lessen food craving and create a more balanced appetite.
7) Greater concentration and focus – increase in energy and clarity of mind.
8) Strengthen the hair, skin and nails – high in protein which is the main building block for healthy hair, skin and nails.
9) Less anxiety – it has beneficial effects on our brain development and can help us cope with stress better. Many have found it beneficial for mood and to increase serotonin levels in depression.
10) Improves memory – as it has effects on our brain development. Regular consumption of blue green algae has also shown to have an impact on our memory and possibly assist with ADD and ADHD when used with other supportive nutrients.

To learn more about

E3Live Blue Green Algae Superfood

Fun Ways to Use It!

E3Live™ Vegetable Smoothie
1/2 cup tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup peeled and chopped cucumber
1 1/2 tbs lemon juice
1/2 tbs chopped scallions
1/8 tbs celtic sea salt
1/8 tbs fresh-ground pepper
Optional: 1/8 tbs hot-peppers of any kind
1-3 tbs E3Live™

Combine all in blender and blend until smooth

E3Live™ Mango Smoothie
1 cup fresh mango
1/4 cup young coconut cream (or organic coconut milk)
1-3 tbs E3Live™

optional: a pinch of cardamon and/or ginger adds a nice touch. A touch of fresh orange or lime juice is quite tasty.

Add all ingredients to blender and process until smooth.

E3Live™ Ginger Zing Smoothie
1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup pineapple
1 banana (frozen if you want an icy smoothie)
1/4 to 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger root
1-3 tbs E3Live™

Add all ingredients to blender and process until smooth.

“Transitional” E3Live™ Smoothie
2 frozen bananas (or regular bananas and add ice)
1 oz E3Live™
1 cup pure water
1 cup nut milk (homemade or unsweetened almond)
3 tbs organic cocoa or raw cacao powder
2 tbs agave syrup or desired amount of stevia
Optional: 2 oz pomegranate or other concentrated pure juice

This is an excellent recipe and does not look “green.” It is ideal for your children or hesitant family or friends who may be turned off by green foods. After they have been drinking this for awhile, let them help you make this. You can gradually change and adapt ingredients, leading to more green color showing, maintaining good taste, and hopefully, they, too, will change their awareness and diet to a healthier level!

E3Live™ Salsa
5 large ripe, red tomatoes, chopped coarse or fine
3 tbs finely chopped cilantro
1-2 jalapeno chilies, seeded and minced
2 cloves finely minced garlic
1 small purple or white onion, finely chopped
2 tsp lime juice
1 tsp Himalayan sea salt (or Celtic sea salt) (optional)
1 small avocado finely diced pieces (optional)
1 tbs E3Live™, or 2-4 capsules of E3AFA™, or 1-2 tsp of E3AFA™ crystal flakes

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
Makes: about 4 1/2 cups
Serves: approximately 8

Dietary Nucleotides

Blue green algae is one of the most nutrient dense foods you can have. It is one of the richest food sources of what are known as nucleotides which are the building blocks from which our bodies create RNA and DNA. DNA carries the genetic codes for making various proteins in the body and RNA helps the process to be carried out. RNA and DNA work as a tag team to help the body repair itself, form new tissue, maintain a strong immune system and perform many other life functions.
Dr. David G. Williams, who has devoted his life to searching the world for innovative and effective alternative health solutions for the last 20 years, says that dietary nucleotides won’t stop the aging process, but they certainly appear to slow it down and preserve health along the way. He says, “In practically every instance where I’ve seen or received descriptions of someone on a high-nucleotide diet, that person appears to be much younger than their age.”
Source : “Alternatives” newsletter written by Dr. David G. Williams (June 2004, Volume 10, No. 12).
Some additional benefits of nucleotides are:

* Help neutralize toxins
* Increase skin elasticity
* Increase the body’s ability to heal and repair
* Enhance the effects of antioxidants
* Improve the response and efficiency of the immune system
* Increase cellular metabolism and the production of cellular energy

* Potentially beneficial in treating IBS and other digestive disorders

Wishing all of you the best in health!

Ana Poirier, CHC

Note: this information is not intended to treat or diagnose any disease, but is for informational purposes only.

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