Native American Natural Foods, President Mark Tilsen (Tanka Bar)

Native American Natural Foods, LLC, is focused on creating a family of nationally branded food products that are delicious and that promote a Native American way of wellness that feeds mind, body, and spirit. Beginning with its first product line, which features Tanka Bar™, Tanka Bites™, Tanka Wild™ and Tanka Dogs™, Native American Natural Foods provides a category of natural healthy choices in the marketplace that currently does not exist. By adding value to traditional Native food products, using modern scientific methods and the least amount of processing possible, they innovate value-added products for the U.S. consumer marketplace.

Mark Tilsen is President of Native American Natural Foods. A recipient of numerous marketing awards, most recently, Mr. Tilsen and Lakota Express were featured as the lead story in the Mal Warwick Associates newsletter, Successful Direct Mail, Telephone and Online Fundraising.
A lifelong supporter of Native American causes, Mr. Tilsen began working as a volunteer in 1973 for the Wounded Knee Defense Offense Committee, which his parents co-founded. Since that time, he has honed his skills coordinating awardwinning, database-driven direct marketing campaigns that have raised more than
$25 million for Native American educational and environmental organizations. He also serves on the Board of the Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce, the first reservation-based Chamber of Commerce in the United States.

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How to Conquer the Holiday Blues through Aromatherapy

Although this is a festive time of year for most, many people enter a season of depression, loneliness and anxiety. My guest for this episode is Johnetta Miner. Johnetta is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner,Lifestyle Wellness Coach, and Health & Wellness Consultant. She has a Master’s Degree in  Public Health. from Columbia University-New York, a Master of Science Degree in Nursing from SUNYBrooklyn, New York and is a Certified Wellness Coach and Certified Aromatherapist.

A Natural Approach to Pet Care – Dr Kim Bloomer VND

Dr. Kim Bloomer helped me to get off to a great start with my new dog and has been a tremendous resource for direction in keeping him healthy and thriving. She gave me a better understanding of what my pet’s nutritional needs are. And, I have gained an appreciation for the importance of species-specific and natural approach to his care.

So, it was an honor for me to sit down with her and learn more about what motivates her work. If you are concerned about the safety of pet food and want a more natural way to care for the health of your pet, you definitely want to listen in. Enjoy.

What is the Raw Food Diet?

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Have you started hearing about the Raw Food Diet? It’s gaining popularity and buzz, not just as a diet to lose weight, but a diet for a long and healthy life.  A raw food diet means consuming food in its natural, unprocessed form.

Processing and cooking food can take so much of the basic nutritional value away.

The raw food diet means eating unprocessed, uncooked, organic, whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, dried fruits, seaweeds, etc. It means a diet that is at least 75% uncooked!

Cooking also alters the chemistry of foods, often making them harder to digest. High fiber, high water content fresh produce abolishes constipation of the bowels, cells and circulatory system. Obstructions are cleared and blood flow increases to each and every cell in the body. Enhanced blood flow is significant for two reasons:  blood delivers nutrients and oxygen to living cells, and carries away their toxic metabolites.

Obesity is at an epidemic level in this country. But in reality, our bodies are hungry, even though we may feel full. When you start giving your body the nutrients it craves, overeating will cease. Eating raw foods is a boost to your metabolism as well. It takes a little more energy to digest raw foods, but it’s a healthy process. Rather than spending energy to rid itself of toxins produced by cooking food, the body uses its energy to feed every cell, sending vitamins, fluids, enzymes and oxygen to make your body the efficient machine it was intended to be.

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Recipes for Beauty with Anita Nelson of Model Supplies

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Anita is the owner of ModelSupplies store at ebay, iModelsupplies at ebay, and BTR host of Model Supplies Show offering tips and instruction for skin care ingredients, and do it yourself skin care products. I LOVE her show! She shared facts about health & beauty PLUS recipes you can whip up with ingredients you have in your pantry!

Visit Anita’s site for more information and resources, Model Supplies.


1 cucumber
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon witch hazel (you can buy this in any drug store)
1 egg white, beaten with an electric beater until fluffy.

Peel the cucumber and run it through a blender or a food processor. Pour the cucumber pulp into a colander or strainer and force it through, catching the liquid that comes out in a bowl underneath. Combine the cucumber liquid with the lemon juice and the witch hazel. Stir it and add the beaten egg white gently.

Put it on your face and leave it on for 15 to 25 minutes, then rinse off.


Whip the peach and egg white together in a blender until smooth. Gently pat the mixture all over your face. Relax for 30 minutes, then rinse it off with cool water.

1 Peach, ripe, peeled, pitted
1 Egg white


1 Apple, cored & quartered
2 T Honey

Drop the apple pieces into a food processor and chop. Add honey and refrigerate for 10 minutes. Pat the mixture onto your face with a light tapping motion, tapping until the honey feels tacky. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then rinse.


Puree everything and refrigerate for 10 minutes. Apply the mixture to your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm, then cool water.

1/2 Cucumber
1 Egg white
1 T Lemon juice
1 tsp mint

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What IS the Right Food for Our Pets?

My friends, Drs Kim Bloomer & Jeannie Thomason, over at Animal Talk Naturally Show have produced another fine program that I want to recommend to you. Their guest was Leslie Rugg. Leslie writes for a variety of dog magazines, is published author, and former publisher of a collie magazine and also a rare breed magazine. Leslie is also a raw feeding advocate and a great supporter of the Rabies Challenge Fund. Here is the program synopsis:

1. Collie lover
2. The Article
3. Business & profits
4. Who determines what OUR pets eat?
5. A success story
6. Bacteria & toxins
7. Minute poop
8. Homeostasis
9. Commitment to the animal
10. The turn to raw food
11. One Dog
12. Why breeders?
13. Dogs & their food choices
14. Balanced & complete?
15. Normal, natural & common sense
16. Leslie’s dogs
17. No Fear

The Joy of Green Cleaning with Leslie Reichert


ALERT: My Friends receive 30% OFF “The Joy of Green Cleaning” – use code ‘AskBarb’ at checkout. Download today!

Leslie Reichert – Leslie Reichert is a “green” cleaning coach. Her mission is to teach and encourage others in the “art” of homekeeping and green cleaning. Leslie has seen scores of people who fight a daily battle with asthma and allergies, which many believe are caused by using harsh chemicals in the home. With over 20 years experience, she realized she wanted to share her knowledge and encourage people to start green cleaning and since then she has become an author, coach, presenter and speaker for the green cleaning industry. She presents with Celebrity Chefs like Paula Deen and Ming Tsai at events such as the Chicago International Home and Housewares Show and Good Taste, Pittsburgh.

Leslie can be contacted at her cleaning hotline at 1-866-50CLEAN or on her blog at Her book, The Joy of Green Cleaning, is available on line at or at her book site at You can also download an e-book or just specific chapters for only $2. She resides with her husband and three children in the Blackstone Valley area of Mass.

Great-grandma’s Laundry Soap

2 cups soap flakes*
1 cup baking soda or soda crystals*
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda

Mix all the ingredients thoroughly, and then place in glass container with a lid. This soap works best with hot water.

For top loading washing machines- use 1/2 to 1 cup, 2 cups for very heavily soiled clothing.

For front loading and HE machines, use 2 tablespoons.

2009 New Food Trends with Chef Jill Houk

New Food Trends for 2009

Our favorite chef, Jill Houk, takes time out from her busy schedule at Centered Chef Food Studio of Chicago to teach us about healthy food trends, share a few recipes and answer your questions. Join us on TRB.

5) Flexitarianism–a lot of listeners realize that eating vegetarian is healthier, cheaper and better for the planet. But what if you really don’t want to give up meat? (Or are cooking for a family that refuses to go vegetarian.) Try flexitarianism! It’s a way to drastically reduce your intake of meat and increase your vegetable consumption. Many flexitarians consider this the best way to “have their cake and eat it too.” We’ll talk about simple ways to reduce meat, and will provide simple vegetarian recipes.

4) Curtailing wastefulness. In past years, you may not have thought twice about throwing away leftovers. Now you see them as an integral part to your family’s bottom line. We’ll cover how to store food properly and how to turn yesterday’s dinner into today’s lunch. We’ll also touch on preserving, the age-old art that’s making a serious comeback.

3) Low inflammation foods. A whole host of diseases, from cancer to heart disease to arthritis, are now being attributed to inflammation in the body. We’ll talk about what’s involved in a low-inflammation diet, and give some low-inflammation recipes.

2) Simplicity. Gone are the days (at least temporarily) of exotic ingredients and overly complicated cooking techniques. Restaurant cooks, as well as home cooks, are finding that comfort food is a huge hit. Listen in to find out what homestyle dishes are the hottest and how you can fix them for yourself.

1) Cooking at home. This is the #1 food trend and it’s tied directly to the economy. Learn which basic techniques you should know and what staples to always have on hand.

Low Inflammation Foods

Mushroom Pâté
Makes 8 servings.

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 pound shiitake mushrooms, caps only, thinly sliced
3/4 pound button mushrooms, stems and caps, thinly sliced
1 to 1 ½ teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 to 2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Rice crackers

Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. When warm, add garlic and cook, stirring, 30 seconds.

Add shiitake mushrooms and button mushrooms. Sprinkle with a little salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium-high heat until mushrooms are cooked through and all their liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes.

Place mushroom mixture into the bowl of a food processor. Run food processor until mushrooms form a smooth paste. Add 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon salt, and black pepper and run food processor 15-20 seconds to mix. Taste and adjust flavor with more lemon juice and more salt, if necessary.

Cool completely. Serve on crackers and toast points, garnished with chopped parsley.

Curtailing Wastefulness

Greek Chicken Salad
Makes 8 servings

16 cups shredded romaine lettuce
3 cups cherry tomatoes
1 large red onion, thinly-sliced
1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
2 cups leftover chicken meat, cut into ½-inch cubes
½ cup crumbled feta
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup chopped fresh dill
2 whole-wheat pitas (optional)

Place lettuce in a large serving bowl and top with tomatoes, onion, cucumber, cooked chicken, and feta.

Whisk lemon juice, oil and in another bowl. Season with salt and pepper. When ready to serve, drizzle over salad, divide among 8 plates.

Serve with pita wedges, if desired

Using Natural Oils for Skin Conditions

You’ve all heard that the skin is the largest organ on the body; not only does it help protect your body; it is an important part of your appearance. However, it can be difficult to keep the skin healthy at all times – rashes, sunburn and acne may occur and compromise the health of the skin. When this happens, it is not always necessary to reach for an over the counter remedy that may or may not work. Natural remedies are often better for the skin and are more effective.

Natural remedies are safe, but it is also important to proceed with caution where the skin is concerned. They should be treated with the same caution as an over the counter remedy. Each person’s skin reacts differently to different medicines, including the ingredients in many home remedies.

“Natural” does not always mean that it’s right for everyone. After all, arsenic is natural! Don’t use any natural remedies that contain an ingredient to which you are allergic. In addition, be careful with large portions of the skin that need to be treated. For example, if your arm has broken out in an eczema rash, test on a small part of your arm before covering the whole area. By doing this, you ensure that the natural remedy that you use will not irritate the skin condition any further.

Here is a quick list of natural oils that are good for the skin:

Shea Butter – A product of the shea nut, shea butter can be used on the skin for the treatment of sunburn, eczema, stretch marks, scars and wrinkles. Shea butter may be combined with a liquid oil to improve skin “spreadablity”. Of course, it is advised to do a small patch test on your skin to determine there is no allergic reaction.

Hemp Seed Oil – Products that contain hemp seed oil can help reduce inflammation in the skin, such as what occurs in eczema outbreaks and penetrates deep into the skin to help alleviate dry skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Virgin Coconut Oil – An excellent oil for the skin, virgin coconut oil (VCO) may help delay wrinkles and serves as a great moisturizer for the skin. VCO is also wonderful for skin massage.

If you try these natural oil remedies for the skin or products that contain these natural oils, you may find out that they work better for you than those over-the- counter remedies.

Please note that this information is not meant to diagnose or treat any skin condition or disease, nor is it meant to give medical advice. Contact a medical professional on advice on how to treat your specific skin conditions.

This article was provided by Christine Woolard, Owner of

Elana Returns – Fabulous Fashion for Under $100

Friday, 10/17
Diary of a Personal Shopper – More Tips from Fashion Blogger, Elana Brin Pruitt

My Favorite Fashionista & Beauty Blogger, Elana Brin Pruitt is taking time away from her many projects (Chic Galleria, Fashion Chicago Magazine, Beauty Chat Blog, Agenda Magazine, Good Girl Gone Shopping, and to share her professional insights on TRB.

Elana is a personal shopper and wardrobe consultant, fashion columnist, and senior editor for an online marketing company. Based in California, she helps other women understand their style and uncover the best fashion pieces to flatter their figure, while allowing them to stay within their budget and even save some money in the process.

With a background in Journalism and Speech Communication, Elana has found a way to blend those skills with her passion for helping people with personal style into a successful career. She provides the research and inspiration to help you explore your creative instincts in fashion. Whether you want a complete “makeover” or a slow transition for your wardrobe, Elana recommends letting the real you shine through always. She works with male and female clients, near and far. Visit her blog:

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