March 3, 2016
Julie Yuccas

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Feeling Sexy, A Woman’s Allure – Sneak Peek Chapter 43

Women who struggle with their body image too often take those issues into their bedroom. Women naturally want to feel attractive, especially during intimacy. However, our self-conscious inadequacies deter us from physical affection. Think about it, when it comes to intimacy, we open ourselves up to vulnerability. I mean, for the most part we are full blown naked! If we focus on our imperfections, we squelch the true sexual creatures that we are and hinder the gift of intimacy.

Don’t Let Self-Sabotaging Thoughts Get in the Way

Let’s go back to an important principle: Take control of your thoughts. It is natural to want to be attractive. Do not gauge your attractiveness and desirability based on what the scale says or to the digitally-enhanced beauty queens. Stop wrestling with fictitious images of women, illusions vs. reality. When we focus on feeling like we weigh too much or feel big, we allow those thoughts to create inhibition.

Conquer the Mind Games

Little enhancements, such as lighting or strategic lingerie, can be used during intimate times giving you more confidence. Your husband will never know you are doing it to make yourself feel better. He thinks it is for him. Enhancing your sexuality lessens the focus on physical insecurities, and frees you to enjoy the gift of intimacy God created for you and your husband.

“Kiss me again and again, for your love is sweeter than wine. How fragrant your cologne…Bring me into your bedroom, O my king.”  Song of Solomon 1:2, 4b NLT

That’s in the Bible! A whole book in the Bible is descriptively devoted to letting us know attraction, courtship, marriage, and intimacy is natural and a blessing.

Do not forget our mind is a powerful tool. We have the power to readjust our thinking to benefit our marriage, not divide it. We think our men are looking at us under a microscope, when in reality they are looking for the prize. And yes, there are men out there that think if they point out areas for improvement, their comments will motivate us to make changes. I wish they knew their comments make things worse for us, and for them. Keep it to yourself men, and compliment our strengths. Giving a woman tender compliments transforms her into a loving, sexual creature.

Never let bodily insecurity in your bedroom.


February 26, 2016
Julie Yuccas

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Small Steps to Cultivate Your Soil For Success

What is the condition of your soil? Do the seeds of truth I speak land on good soil or dry soil? Do my words seem like niceties and fall away by the end of the week, or do you cultivate them with expectation of a harvest in your life?

As you continue to feed your mind with truth, this strengthens your belief system. Strong belief systems, help maintain a sound mind and success.

Here are some helpful hints to keep your soil rich with nutrients, so those seeds of truth flourish in your life:

Thoughts of, “I wish I was stronger in my faith,” is a start. With easy access through smart phones and the internet, it is easy to enrich your soil further with sound teachings via podcast. These are three that I listen to weekly to enrich my faith, Los Angeles, CA, Redding, CA, and

Thoughts of, “I should start making smoothies,” is a start. Check out my, Quick and Easy Bursting with Nourishment Smoothie, or Winter Blend Smoothie blogs to get the recipes and suggestions for your grocery list.

Thoughts of, “I should eat better,” is a start. Sit down this week and look up one or two recipes that you can add at least two vegetables per recipe. Then write yourself a grocery list. This prepares you to cook two healthy meals, plus leftovers, for next week. Don’t be afraid to create more ways to eat vegetables.

When your mindset is focused on, ” How can I eat healthier?” Look at your next meal, one meal at a time, and ask yourself, how can I improve this meal with an extra fruit or vegetable? Don’t try to figure it all out for a week, month, or for life. Start with one meal at a time. Focus on feeding your body high-quality fuel.

When you take life in little bites, this gives you more opportunities for success. It reinforces your “I can do this!” ability. As you continue to cultivate the soil of your mind, body, and spirit, your belief system strengthens. Again, strong belief systems, help maintain a sound mind and success.

Take ownership of them and incorporate them into your life. Don’t allow doubt and impatience to rob you of good health. These are nutrients and practices that keep your soil rich.

Blessings to your mind, body, and spirit!

February 11, 2016
Julie Yuccas

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Step It Up A Notch Orange Juice

During the winter months, a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice to build up the immune system sounds delightful! Since oranges are currently in season, it is easy on the budget to buy a couple bags a week. Especially if you were to compare the cost of fresh squeezed orange juice at a restaurant. Besides all the nutrients, I can have a little Florida or California right here in my home!

I always have to step up the nutrient content. These four ingredients go nicely together without losing the flavor of the oranges.

DSCN9871Just in case you were wondering, I make this orange juice separate from my morning smoothies. The orange juice is a bonus later in the day or on weekends.

I grab a large handful of carrots when I juice for my husband and I. Which weighs about  3/4 of a pound. If you only want approximately two cups of juice, reduce the amount of carrots slightly.



Step It Up A Notch Orange Juice

  • Servings: Approximate yield: 1 serving - 2 ½ cups, 2 servings - 3 ¾ cups
  • Difficulty: easy
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♥  Ingredients  ♥

3 oranges, peeled (For two people, add three more oranges)
1 handful of carrots
1 apple
3″ piece of sweet potato or yam

– Juice as usual.

– If you are making juice for two, add three more oranges. Three oranges per person.
– If you have grapefruit available, add one grapefruit per person.
– If you want more nutrition, add one small beet and/or one leaf of kale.

This juice is rich with vitamin C and orange carotenoids—healing vitamins to your body. Plus, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Enjoy!


Blessings to your health!

February 5, 2016
Julie Yuccas

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Eat Your Fruit & Fiber Muffins

When you eat better, you feel better physically and mentally. Putting high quality nutrients in your body helps you think clearer and prevents those energy highs and lows. I love sharing easy recipes that provide your body with tools to help your body run efficiently.

Fresh plant-based foods have many vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytochemicals that benefit your body. Many of these foods have high antioxidant properties, heart benefits, and anti-cancer properties. Here a few of reasons I use these ingredients:

Carrots- immune building, healing properties, vision health
Kale- immune building, bone strengthening, vision health
Blueberries- brain health
Tart Cherries- anti-inflammatory
Oat or whole-wheat flour- fiber for efficient intestinal health
Flax- fiber, alpha-linolenic fatty acid
Olive oil- healthy monounsaturated oil

Eat Your Fruit & Fiber Muffins

  • Servings: 17 to 18 muffins
  • Difficulty: easy
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♥  Ingredients  ♥

1 cup organic soy milk or milk of your choice
1 egg
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups Oat Bran Flour Blend or whole-wheat flour
1 cup Bran flakes cereal, crushed
3/4 cups brown sugar or 3/4 cups cane sugar with 2 tablespoons molasses
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon flax seed
2 large carrots, grated or shredded
1 large kale leaf, grated or shredded
1/2 cup tart cherries, chopped
1 cup blueberries, add last so batter will not turn purple

– Blend first four wet ingredients together.
– Add brown sugar to wet ingredients, blend well.
– Add Oat Bran Flour, crushed Bran cereal, baking powder, and baking soda to wet ingredients, blend well.
– Shred or grate carrots and kale. Food processors make the job quick and efficient.
– Add flax, cherries, carrots, and kale to mixture, blend well.
– Gently fold in blueberries, so batter will not turn purple.
– Line muffin tins with paper baking cups.
– Fill muffin cups with 1/4 cup batter for standard size muffin tins/cups.
– Bake at 400° for 20 minutes. Toothpick should come out clean when inserted in muffin.
– Allow muffins to rest in pan for five minutes. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.

DSCN9763Blessings to your health!

January 26, 2016
Julie Yuccas


What Thoughts Recur, But You Haven’t Taken Action?

Do you do this too? When I get a thought to start a habit, it takes me a few weeks before I finally do it. Whether it is something I look forward to or something I need to do. I seem to mull it over first. At some point, I finally push procrastination away and take care of myself.

Lately, exercising on my own has been a challenge. I find for myself and so many others, a higher success rate comes with accountability partners or attending a class. God’s Word says, two are better than one.

I am still under the care of Dr. Kimberly Castaneda, Doctor of Naturopathy. I am excited to report, we’ve gained a lot of strides to improve my health. The oncology blood work shows a steady increase in platelets and other numbers heading into the normal range! My red blood cells and oxygen to these cells require a little more work. So, I need to add additional weight-bearing exercises to improve my oxygen and stimulate cell growth.

I live at the top of a small hill. Thoughts recurred to run down my hill and walk back up to stimulate my bones and consume more oxygen. And I thought I’d never have to jog again—Ha!

Please notice, I did not say I had to run a mile or two. My goal was to run down the hill, one block long, and walk back up. Too many times we set our goals too high that we don’t even try.

Single-digit weather didn’t stop me either. Instead I chose to improvise. I jogged on the treadmill for one-minute segments with intervals of weightlifting. Now this seems like no big deal, but I find treadmills painfully boring. I’d rather be outside breathing fresh air.

My goal was simply, one block or one-minute intervals. You know what? I didn’t die! Instead, I felt accomplished and did my body a great service.


The Bible talks about various ways Jesus healed the sick. Some of those people received post-healing instructions. Jesus held them responsible to complete a task after their healing.

I know God is protecting my life and healing my body in ways I may not be aware of. Through this journey, God has taught and is still teaching me how to be a better caretaker of my body. His timing is always impeccable to introduce me to juicing, smoothies, prescribed supplements and teas, holding onto God’s promises, movement, and people involved in my care.

However, there are times when I don’t feel like taking all those supplements. God lovingly reminds me. “Julie, those supplements don’t do you any good sitting on the counter. They work better in your body.” If I ask God to heal my body, and He leads me to do something, I need to do it. I don’t need to be legalistic, but I need to be consistent.

What habits keep resurfacing in your mind that you want to start? Is that task reasonable in expectation? Can you adjust that task to a smaller increment and increase when appropriate?

Every step you take towards bettering your health is an investment into you, your quality of life, and don’t forget—the lives of those you love. As January comes to a close, what new habit are you going to start this February? May God give you the courage to take that first step.

Every day is a clean slate.

Blessings to your health!

January 13, 2016
Julie Yuccas


Looking Forward to 2016

I love the holidays! I love having my children home to hug, kiss, and admire what beautiful adults they have become. I love the opportunities to make memories with family and friends, such as playing the Right Family Christmas, or new to us—Heads Up. I love the warm, coziness of my home filled with Christmas lights, candles, and decorations. It’s truly a labor of love, as I cook and bake. And as God gave us the gift of Christ, we continue the tradition of expressing love to each other with thoughtful gifts. All of these things made for a beautiful 2015 holiday. Another reason I thank God for the gift of life.

My son traveled back to the banking business in Chicago, my daughter to floral designing in Los Angeles. Once my hubby returned to work, I looked forward to the clean slate of 2016.

One of the desires I had for this year was to save up for a masticating juicer. Masticating juicers render more juice from your produce and protect valuable enzymes. To my surprise, I was blessed with unexpected gifts of money for Christmas, which allowed me to buy the Omega J8006. This juicer should greatly improve the nutritional value of my juice/smoothies and our health!

DSCN9849As I was journaling yesterday, God led me to a scripture that validated some thoughts I have been wrestling with. Funny thing, the scripture didn’t offer a solution, but God simply communicated, I know what you’ve been through. That Word brought me comfort and released tension.

Whenever I am given the right word at the right moment, it is healing to know someone understands and cares. Then I thought about this blog and my manuscript—Finishing the Race. Although we may not have experienced the exact same challenges, I hope you will find comfort in knowing you are not alone, you are not crazy, and someone understands. I’ve experienced adversity. But through my journey, I have learned to manage and conquer self-criticizing myself and my body, which used to fuel years of constant dieting and the insecurities that tagged along.

The beautiful thing is once you know the truth, the truth sets you free. Truth gives you peace, comfort, and the strength to make sound, healthy changes. In 2016, I look forward to sharing more truth on how to be more in tune with your body, soul and spirit. We’ll continue to:

  • Look at ways to nutritiously feed your body with foods God created to gain energy, improve health, and maintain a healthy weight
  • Help you release your fears of gaining weight
  • Give you “principles to live by” to free you from dieting obsessions, self-criticism, and insecurity

You may be thinking, “Julie, you don’t know how long I have been dealing with weight issues.” No I don’t. Personally, my issues go back to when I was an obese toddler. However, truth was revealed to me as an adult, and the truth always set me free. It wasn’t overnight. It was a process. But I am free!

Now as we enter a new year, a clean slate, I want to continue to share truth with you. Thank you for joining me in this healing journey. And thank you to all of you that have spoken to me and have shared your positive outcomes—that encourages me greatly.

Blessings and healing to your mind, body, and spirit this year. xo

January 7, 2016
Julie Yuccas

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Freedom With Responsibility – Sneak Peek Chapter 15

With many holiday opportunities to celebrate, I wonder if there are people carrying unnecessary guilt. Feelings of anxiety because one is afraid to eat. Instead of enjoying the company of family, friends, and festive foods—the way life was meant to be. If we look at things with a healthy perspective, we can let go of fear and anxiety about food and enter the holidays with enjoyment. I call it Freedom with Responsibility.

And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God. Ecclesiastes 3:13 NLT

The idea of social situations in a dieter’s mind stirs up unnecessary fear and anxiety. A diet mentality distorts the truth that God created people to enjoy time with each other, and many times food is naturally part of the equation.

When Isaac grew up and was about to be weaned, Abraham prepared a huge feast to celebrate the occasion. Genesis 21:8 NLT

Think about it, Abraham hosted a huge feast just because his son was graduating to solid food!

For seven days you must celebrate this festival to honor the Lord your God at the place he chooses, for it is he who blesses you with bountiful harvests and gives you success in all your work. This festival will be a time of great joy for all. Deuteronomy 16:15 NLT

Celebration, community, bounty, feasts these are all things to be enjoyed. There is a way to enjoy these blessings without reckless abandon—guilt free. It’s called Freedom with Responsibility. This principle allows you the freedom to partake in foods that you desire, but sets boundaries to bypass that “why did I eat all that?” sick feeling and any worries of gaining weight.

Freedom With Responsibility

  • Wait for your stomach to indicate it’s hungry. Now give yourself permission to eat what you want.
  • When you start to feel comfortably full, mentally prepare yourself to stop, eat a couple more bites, and then stop.
  • If you overate at your last meal, you are not a failure. It means you are still in the process of listening to your body. Consider it a learning experience for future meals.

I am thankful for a standard to live by that allows me the freedom to live my life free from dieting obsessions. Now, as I pay attention to the signals my body sends me, eat when I am hungry/stop when I am comfortably full, I act accordingly. This brings me great peace of mind. I can comfortably and naturally take good care of myself, while enjoying the holidays. My stress and anxious eating has dissipated. I naturally lose pounds because I make good choices. My mental and physical health prospers. So what am I doing? I listen to what my body is indicating, instead of my emotions.

I don’t get legalistic with my eating either. When I am in a social situation, if I am not hungry but want to participate, I will eat but stop when I am comfortably full. I never like feeling stuffed or sick, so I eat within my stomach’s comfortable capacity—healthy boundaries. I don’t choose foods that I don’t like, or if I take a bite of something I don’t like, I will not finish it. I only eat things that taste good to me, because I know my limits on how much I can eat to prevent that regretful overeating experience. This helps me enjoy food and socializing to the fullest measure!

You Are Not Required to Clean Your Plate

You do not have to eat everything on your plate. If the food is cold, overcooked, undercooked, stale, nasty tasting, or too much is served, you do not have to eat it! You are not a garbage disposal! Food is a gift to be enjoyed. Decide what is edible and appealing, and enjoy those portions of foods within the confines of comfortably full. A new habit to practice is to eat your favorite foods first, because you may not know when you will reach fullness and stop eating. Soon you will learn your body’s desired portion size, in respect to the time of day, and serve yourself appropriately.

Help in Social Situations

If you are full and someone wants to give you more food, your response should be, “No thank you, I’m full,” or “No thank you, I’m not hungry anymore.” Your host will usually drop the matter. If your response is, “Sorry I am watching what I eat,” or “I am on a diet,” more than likely the common response is, “Oh, you don’t need to lose weight,” or “Come on, just this one time, it’s the holidays.” Repeat after me, “No thank you, I’m full.”

You can enjoy the holidays guilt free, while enjoying the simple pleasures in life. Freedom with Responsibility, let your natural body indicators do the work for you, as you relinquish the need to diet. For more encouragement and tips, I invite you to read last year’s holiday message: Give Yourself Permission to Celebrate.


Blessings and good health to you and yours this holiday!