While I read several of my timelines from the various pages I have within the social media network. I find many people have celebrated the New Year in a variety of ways, from total inebriation to intentional sobriety, some in church, some in meditation, some in the club, some at home. I woke up this morning, actually a bit frustrated and imbalanced, but I come to you with an open mind hoping these next 30 days of no processed foods will allow me to open my mind, my body, and my spirit to enlightenment.

*This challenge is designed for women to understand the effects of processed food on vaginal health*

thCATWWADMBy now you should have taken your first vaginal pH test. If not, it’s not too late. You still have time to take the test within the next few days or at least making sure you have done so within week 1. You are going to take another test after the 30 days; usually the pH test packet contains 2 tests. Be sure to journal any changes you experience physically, mentally, and even spiritually. Your 30 day journey may easily evolve into an adventure.

I know how eating only whole foods can be a challenge in many aspects; including financially. A whole foods diet will require quite the adjustment if your body is not used to consuming non-processed foods. My breakfast on the first day of the year is eggs fried in (1 tbsp) extra virgin olive oil, adding spinach, thinly sliced garlic, chopped green onion, sea salt, and black pepper. Below is another delicious suggested recipe from clinical dietitian, Katrice Mayo. Good luck and Happy New Year!

-Noni Ayana

Recipe: Vegetable and Chickpea Curry                                           S. Katrice Mayo, RD

I have cooked this recipe several times and my husband and son love it. It has lots of flavor and tastes good on top of basmati or jasmine rice. More importantly, it is full of fresh vegetables. As the name of the recipe suggest, it has curry powder in it. Curry powder contains a number of spices but the majority of curry powders contain Turmeric, which also contains a compound called curcumin, popularly known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It has been said that curcumin is so effective that it can protect and improve the function of every organ in the body. Keep in mind the composition of curry powders vary, so the effective level of curcumin depends upon the amount of turmeric in the curry powder.

Here is a sample list of ailments of what Turmeric may aide:





Cystic Fibrosis

Gum Disease

Heart Disease



Wrinkle Reduction

chickpea-curry-ck-701091-lReference: Aggarwal, Bharat. Healing Spices. 2011. Sterling. Pages 241-243.

Click on the link below to view the recipe, courtesy of MyRecipes.com.



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