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Raspberry Beauty Loaf

This recipe was a surprise and super refreshing- raspberries and cream is the final flavor profile. What’s not to like? I like using Collagen for extra protein and for beautifying. It’s also wonderful for the microbiome, creating balance in the gut. You may cut into a loaf or squares and nibble on in the day

1 ½ cups fresh raspberries

1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice

¼ cup coconut sugar

1 Tablespoon Great lakes Gelatin

¼ cup hot water

Dissolve gelatin in Hot Water. Place all ingredients in high peed blender and puree. Pour into glass loaf pan and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

Nut Milk layer

1 cup Almond or Coconut milk

2 Tablespoons honey, agave or maple syrup (optional)

1-2 Raspberry Chocolate truth bars

1 Tablespoon Great Lakes gelatin

¼ cup hot water

Dissolve gelatin in Hot Water. Blend Milk, sweetener, and gelatin mixture until smooth- pour over top of raspberry gelatin. Add Truth bar on top to mix- OR- place in refrigerator for additional 4 hours and add truth bar to top as a garnish.

Either way, it will taste great! Let me know if you like it!

Heal Painful Heartburn, Naturally…

Plop Plop Fizz Fizz –Oh what a relief it is…..

Remember the commercial?- that cute jingle?- the look on the people’s face after they took an anti-acid of Alka Seltzer?

Pure relief!!!

Most of my 20’s 30’s I had heartburn or gas pains after everything I ate.

I remember sitting with my family at the dinner table, and having to lay down on the bench next to them, so the pain would subside.

I called it “air in my tummy”.

My little darlings knew to leave me alone, “mommy has air in her tummy”.

My husband new to leave me alone too… Let me tell you, that didn’t go over well.

But the pain was tremendous, and I suffered.

Looking back, knowing what I know now, the suffering was unnecessary

I learned that air, gas, bloating was a form of Acid, inflammation in the tissue.

Heartburn is the basically the same acid, but it works its way up the esophagus, that has no protective lining- and it BURNS.

Of course, our bodies weight squeezes the acid and causes acid reflux.

(ABC News reports that 60 million people go to doctors monthly for heartburn and acid reflux) YIKES!

Acid hurts!

Even those of us who watch what we eat can occasionally experience that uncomfortable bloating or burning sensation.

To reverse this sensation, we typically take antacid tablets like Tums.

A pastel rainbow of alkalinity to soothe the burning sensation.

If you don’t know about ACID-ALKALINE Balance, Let me put it to you simply:

Our body chemistry thrives at a Ph level of about 7.0.

When it dips below, we are acidic, too high, we are alkaline- keeping balance is key to our bodies thriving.

When lower than a 7.0 for too long, our body begins to build disease and discomfort.

A healthy body strives for a healthy balance

I have tried ways to soothe heartburn, there are many natural remedies, from coconut oil and lavender to drinking baking soda, apple cider vinegar, and all the alkalizing remedies.

But nothing works better for Heartburn, bloating of gas then my Digestive Bitters.

Sometimes I forget to take my Bitters before I eat, and sometimes I even forget to take my Bitters during my meal.

The first signs of discomfort from eating, I take 2 bitters, and “plop plop fizz fizz- oh what a relief it is”

My Digestive Bitters are:

Organic, radiation Free, natural herbal formula that soothes heartburn, gas and bloating, promotes metabolism, digestion, bile flow and elimination.

Why wouldn’t you take them?

Btw, eating the Naked Lifestyle is a simple and easy way to make all your acid problems go away.

I want to remind you of this, because it is easy for us to get off balance, and gentle reminders can trigger a “can do” response.

All I want for you is to feel your absolute best.

In health and Love,


Butternut Squash Soup

This simple and delicious soup is a staple in my home, a favorite amongst my friends, and a recipe I give out often. It’s a smooth, warm and satisfying meal that can be made in advance. For a heartier version, serve with flax crackers.

4 cups butternut squash, peeled and diced (approx. 1 medium squash)
1 large yellow onion, diced
2 tablespoons ghee**
1-quart organic vegetable broth (Imagine or Pacific brand)
1 teaspoons sea salt
1 pinch of saffron threads or powder (optional) Flaxseed oil or Udo’s Choice Oil Blend for drizzle
In 4-quart saucepan, sauté onion and butternut squash in ghee until vegetables sweat, but do not brown. Add vegetable broth, saffron, and sea salt. Cook on medium/low heat until vegetables are tender and soft, about 15 minutes. Turn off heat and cool slightly. Place immersion blender directly in a pot and blend until pureed, or to desired consistency.
If you do not have an immersion blender, cool and transfer mixture to a standard blender and puree for 20-30 seconds. Return mixture to the saucepan and bring back to desired heat. To serve, ladle into bowls and drizzle with flaxseed oil or Udo’s Choice Oil Blend.

**Ghee is clarified butter without solid milk fat particles, this lactose-free. It can be found at most health food stores. Feel free to substitute coconut milk for a 100% vegan version.

Love Actually

This Valentine’s Day I want to share my journey of love and relationships.

I just watched an old movie called Love Actually with Hugh Grant.

I love him, he is just the most pleasant self-deprecating adorable man.

Note to self – Future husband 🙂 tee hee

And I found myself getting very emotionally caught up in the love stories. They were tender and real, and serendipitous.

It reminded me of how I met my man – like I didn’t have a choice, it was all aligned perfectly for me.

The Law of Attraction is so real, it’s scary.
You know the saying, be careful what you wish for.

I tell this story often, and I want to share with you, how magical the Universe is and how we literally can manifest what we want in moments by just asking for it.

When I was married with children, I remember this feeling of being trapped- like I couldn’t expand, and I was bursting at the seams.

I needed and wanted to spread my wings but in the confounds of my situation, I was unable too.

I asked the Universe for FREEDOM.

Which to my dismay turned into divorce and a whole new life

If you think this story is about happily ever after- it is- but you have to wait until the end.

When I was going through my divorce and in severe emotional turmoil- feeling empty and lost.

I asked the Universe for “MEANING”

And I met a man who thought I was the goose that laid the golden egg.

He treated me like the sun rose and set on me and for me and that I was the smartest woman in the world.

During that uplifting time, I created The Retreat Costa Rica and The Truth Bar

I realized at this time of my internal healing, that I had neglected to spend sufficient time with my youngest son and wanted his last year in High School to be the best.

I asked the Universe for “GROUNDING”.

And an old crush from my high school years appeared and provided a friendship for me and my son.

Football on Sundays, Little League games, hikes, and cozy dinners.

And then I was an empty nester.

I was torn between Costa Rica and the US and going back and forth was wearing on me physically and mentally.
I knew I needed to spend more time in Costa Rica to spread my magic all over my Retreat venture.

I asked the Universe for “PARTNERSHIP and DOMESTIC BLISS”

And, instead, I received LOVE- Actually.

So, the truth is we don’t know how our story is going to end- we just keep asking for what we want and it appears.

Is this Happily Ever After?

Or is it Happy until our growth leads us elsewhere?

Life is complicated and real and its just better if we all surrender to it because the more we try and control our “Happily Ever After” the crazier it becomes.

In Health and Love,



It’s all about Love.

And, don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.

I am often asked how I develop new ideas, why I help people get better health, and what drives me to keep doing new things.

It’s simple.

It’s Love.

Or at least, it is my expression of Love. I think we all have a different meaning to this word-LOVE. Some think love is dedication or responsibility, others feel Love is taking care of others, or hopefully even themselves. Love is adoration or desire, love is even compassion. Love expresses itself in unique and magical ways, and for me, it’s in Creativity.

Ever since I was a little girl, I made wonderful and yummy things, from Mud Pies as a toddler, to fresh fruit tartlets that I baked and sold in high school. I then began my work as a chocolatier and made chocolate truffle sculptures, and then as a professional baker, creating artistic and amazing cakes that had hand painted murals dusted with sugar crystals. I even started a giant cookie business at one point, with flavors so daring and expansive, I couldn’t keep up with my orders.

You see, I love the creation- not the business.

Sounds familiar I bet. So many people have talents and just want to play. That was me.

When I became too sick to eat ‘regular’ foods, like the rest of the world, did, you know the so-called SAD (Standard American Diet) diet. All my creative energy went towards healing myself. And I did. It was unbelievable how I trained my mind to think differently.

I began looking at yummy things as healthy yummy things. I learned I grew, and I could see the food functionality in everyone’s bodies.

Kind of like a doctor, but without the medical part. I studied anatomy, the blood systems, endocrine, digestion, hormone, and how nutrition affected each part of us. I was always a bit of a scientist, so, putting my head down into the human form and how to make it work better, was just another form of art for me.

So, here I was, a food lover, and a health lover. How do I make this work? Because no matter how many pills you ask me to take, or how many yucky foods you force me to eat to get healthy- I won’t continue to care for myself if I don’t enjoy life. For people to truly get better and feel fantastic, the foods we eat must taste good.

Well, that’s my specialty, making healthy taste good. I write recipes that mimic comfort foods, the stuff that makes you feel loved. The foods that get into your belly and say “yes!!!” that feels good.

The Truth Bar is a pinnacle moment in my life, a culmination of all that I do and love. It is a creation that has the lifeline of longevity. When I made the bar, I remember saying to my partners, no matter how many bars are out in the marketplace, the one that will get eaten the most, is the one that tastes like a candy bar. I also wanted to make a bar imbued with functional ingredients that promote health, something I have become so passionate about. So, that’s what I made- the healthiest candy bar on the planet.

It’s my way of sharing my love through what I do best. When we say that Truth Bars are ‘Made With Love’, this is my pure expression of it.

The One Missing Ingredient to True Love

It was imperative that I address ‘True Love’ this month, as it isn’t only Valentines Month, but it is Heart Health Month as well.
And I began to think about how we love and what love means to us.
As a collective, we look at love as a feeling in ways outside of ourselves.

I love you.
I love this movie.
I love burritos
I love driving long distance
I love fashion and chocolates.

And it is seldom, as a collective, that we really look at Love as a universal truth, a way of being in the world, a way of feeling each day.
How can we feel the universal truth, when we are so caught up in our ways of thinking?

I am busy
I have so much to do today
I am exhausted
I don’t have a boyfriend
I need a drink

And in the way that we all think and live is our way to survive. We know and understand..what we know and understand.
And the far-reaching truth is there are some things we just can’t wrap our heads around.

And that is Acceptance.

Acceptance of what is…..

Now, I can hear your ‘ monkey mind’ saying, well that’s just lazy to settle for “what is” that is not proactive and productive.
How does “acceptance” pay the bills, and give me the life I want?
“Acceptance is a failure to move forward, and how can I accept that my car won’t run, or my cat is sick, or I hate my job”?

And herein lies the work.
Acceptance is not “being ok” with what is.
Acceptance is seeing life for what it is and changing your perspective on the story.

“It may be time for me to get a new car, or look into getting it fixed.”
“My cat is getting older and she has had such a good life and brought time so much joy, it may be her time to go to the heavens”
“I am opening myself up for a job that allows me to thrive and grow- and then I can buy a new car”

The One missing ingredient to true love is Acceptance of What is…..Acceptance of Yourself.

True love is loving yourself when:

You are fat
You are skinny
You are beautiful
You look a little ragged
You are annoying
You are tired
You are funny
You are rich
You are poor
You are having a bad day
Your car is broken and you are kvetching about life

On this Heart Healthy Month, this White and Red themed Heart-centered Valentines, sweetheart and Love ladened month, take a moment if you will and look at your life through Acceptance.
And there you will find True Love.

Written by Diana Stobo

Life transformation and Spirit Coach
Health and Wellness Expert

Morning Carrot Cake

Morning Carrot Cake

We serve slices of this cake with fresh, French Press coffee at The Retreat. That’s why I call it coffee cake. It has the right amount of sweetness from the carrots and pineapple and is a great way to start the day. Who doesn’t love a slice of cake in the morning?

• 1 1/2 cups gluten-free oat flour
• 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
• 3/4 cup Coconut Sugar
• 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
• 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
• 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)
• 3/4 cup shredded carrots
• 1/2 cup finely diced pineapple

Optional Cashew Glaze (its perfect the way it is, but if you want a little more sweetness….this drizzles well.)
• 1 tablespoon Cashew Butter
• 1 tablespoon Maple Syrup
• 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
• Water, as needed to thin

Preheat your oven to 350ºF and line 8X8 baking dish with parchment paper or greased muffin tin.
In a large bowl stir together the oat flour, coconut oil, coconut sugar, applesauce, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Add in the vinegar and stir quickly– you should see the batter get slightly fluffier from its reaction with the baking soda.
Fold in the coconut, if using, carrots, and pineapple. The batter will be thicker than traditional cake batter
Pour batter into baking dish and bake for appx. 35 minutes or until the top feels firm to the touch (28 minutes if baking muffins.)
Allow to cool completely before serving.
Prepare the cashew glaze by stirring together the cashew butter, maple syrup, and lemon juice. Add water one teaspoon at a time until just thin enough to drizzle over the cake right before serving
Will last a week in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

My Healing Mineral Broth

Sea vegetables are the key to this healing broth. They are loaded with detoxifying minerals that absorb toxins from the digestive tract, counteract carcinogens, and boost the body’s immune system.

This recipe changes based on what is in season, but as a basis you can start with this and add any vegetables that may inspire you. When cooking, think about steeping the vegetables like a tea, not boiling them.


5 quarts of water

2 onions, quartered

3 stalks of celery

2 sweet potatoes, washed and cut into 2-inch chunks

1 bunch of kale, washed

1 ounce wakame, kelp, or kombu

1 burdock root


Simmer all ingredients in a large stockpot on very low for a couple of hours or more until vegetables break down but are not too soft. Turn heat off and cool, then drain vegetables from broth. In a blender, place a few pieces of the sweet potato, kale, celery, onion, and seaweed along with a few cups of vegetable broth and blend until pureed. Pour thick puree back into pot with remaining broth and discard remaining vegetables. Now your mineral broth has substance. If you want a thinner clear broth, don’t blend vegetables with it. If you want it thicker or creamier, add more vegetables to the blender.

To add flavor, you may add sea salt, cayenne, curry powder, or any flavor that you like.

To store, place in glass containers in refrigerator and heat as needed. It will last up to 5 days.

My Mineral Broth:

  • Is a high-mineral drink/soup.
  • Is a great, drinkable warm tea/soup to have on hand when doing a cleanse.
  • Is a wonderful substitute for any meal, especially if you feel you need something warm.
  • Is a wonderful base soup. Add ground flax or chia to give it thickness and fiber (always add after the soup is heated).

8 Simple Ways to Detox Your Body

Detoxing your body doesn’t have to be difficult. Make these 8 simple changes and start noticing the difference right away!

1. Replace one meal a day with a detoxifying smoothie/juice

This is an easy, non extreme way to detox your body. I suggest switching our breakfast for a morning smoothie. It helps to kickstart your metabolism and digestive system.

Try this recipe


2 large bananas
2 cups spinach
½ an apple chopped
1 tbsp Flaxseed
½ cup fresh almond milk (For Instructions Click HERE)
1 cup sliced strawberries


Blend all the ingredients together and enjoy.

2.  Drink more water

The importance of drinking water can never be overstated.  This is by far the easiest and most effective way to clean your body. Water naturally flushes toxins, helping your organs to function properly and giving you clearer skin.  Eight glasses of water a day should be a minimum amount, try to keep the intake up!

3. Replace coffee with green tea.

Green tea still contains caffeine and will give you the boost you need in the morning. Green tea offers so many antioxidants and health benefits that you don’t want to miss out on. It also helps us lose weight in the long-term.

4. Sweat it out.

Do something everyday that makes you sweat. Sweating allows your body to release toxins. Up your exercise routine and make yourself move everyday. Or sit in a steam room/sauna. Maybe take a hot, epsom salt bath. Just make sure you are sweating!

5. Get more sleep.

While we are sleeping our bodies are repairing themselves from the days activities. Our brains and processing all that we saw, learned, experienced. Our bodies are recovering from any harmful toxins it came in contact with. We need sleep to be healthy.

6. Cut out simple carbohydrates.

This is easy. There are so many alternatives to white bread, rice, pasta etc. Try quinoa or brown rice, ezekiel bread, sprouted bread. All of these alternatives will help your digestion, help your blood sugar, help you in so many ways.

We all love the starchy comfort of white bread and pasta, but its time to make the change!

7. Listen to your body.

It is amazing how far listening to your body can take you. When you eat something, see how your body reacts. Your body will react. It can either be positive or negative. If you eat fruits and veggies and feel energized then eat more. If you eat bread and pasta and feel tired, bloated, sluggish then cut it out of your diet. Your body is unique and only you can tell what it really needs.

8. Eat more fiber in its natural form

Fiber not only leaves you feeling more full and satisfied but it helps your digestion system release any built up toxins. Our digestive tract is responsible for moving everything that comes in to our body out of our body. This process is difficult and a lot of times our digestive tract gets stuck with left over food etc that it never really cleans out. Getting enough fiber and “going to the bathroom” everyday is very important for your health.

If you have a lot of issues with this, try a digestive supplement like Digestive Bitters. They are full of nutrients that will naturally help you release any toxins stored in your body.



Grain-Free Double Chocolate Chip Cookie

I went a step beyond gluten-free for this recipe. And if you don’t have almond butter on hand, you can substitute for peanut butter or cashew butter. The flavor will change a little bit you’ll still have a decadent little cookie!

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup almond butter

3/4 cup coconut sugar

½ cup raw cacao

½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips

1 egg

1 teaspoon baking soda

pinch of sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.   Blend ingredients until well incorporated. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop or roll dough into 1 inch scoops, place 2-3 inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 Minutes. Place on mesh rack to cool, about 5 minutes. Store in airtight container.

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