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H.E.A.R.T. – Welcome 07-11-11

Hi and welcome to the H.E.A.R.T. Program,

I’m very excited to have you participate in the launch of Healthy Eating Always a Real Treat with me!

Growing up in Greenwich Village, the heart of New York City, I’ve long considered myself a foodie due to my sincere love of food of all types, from all cultures. My experience of New York City is truly as a melting pot of delicious tastes and flavors, where social interaction is nearly always punctuated by sharing a bite, a brunch, a schmear of this or that. Sometimes dining is fancy to “see and be seen,” other times it’s people watching at tables squeezed along peripheries of bustling sidewalks, and many times it’s in a hole in the wall accompanied by families speaking in a foreign native tongue.

New York City is one reason I love food, the other is my mother. She is also a “native NYer,” she grew up in St. Albans, Queens and has been in NYC her whole life. She taught me most of what I know about food. The rest we shared learning from some of the classic greats on TV, like Julia Child and Jacques Pepin. This was before the Food Network became just another aspect of revenue-generating showbiz. I remember these shows as kind of white noise backdrop, when home from school I’d be doing homework and the shows would be on. I had an education on food and cooking by osmosis as I divided my listening to them with my school studies on a regular basis.

In our household, tasty and healthy food was the norm. Our refrigerator didn’t contain soda and our cupboards didn’t contain much in the way of junk food. That’s not to say I didn’t try it at friend’s homes. I had my fair share of chips and chocolate chip cookies, and given a choice I’d take a Ring Ding over a Twinkie hands down. Although my preference was for David’s Cookies – housed in a store front franchise near 34th Street and Macys. It was guaranteed every time you’d walk past it you’d smell the fresh baked cookies and just had to go buy at least a couple. Somehow the cookie was always warm, and the chocolate chips were chunks of melting gooey decadent chocolate, so big that it was like eating a cookie dough chocolate bar!

Overall though, my upbringing around food has been very health-full, and always with an eye for the artistic and enjoyable. So my goal for H.E.A.R.T. is to impart this love of food in such a way that you can find fun, creativity and healthy eating as simple and affordable as I do.

I will be communicating with you weekly through email, and a H.E.A.R.T. Blog. The blog will contain the database of our lessons, tips, and recipes. I’ll also be sharing information from “H.E.A.R.T. Contributors,” whom I am interviewing to bring you the best value from food experts on topics such as:

professional chefs
living foods
raw living
spiritual nutrition
and more!

Stay tuned for an email on our first exercise. We will all take the Ayurvedic Dosha test and post our results on the H.E.A.R.T page in the Invigorate U Community on Facebook. This way those in the same group will know who each other are.

Invigorating U,


About Invigorate U

Certified Dr. Sears Health Coach, Certified Integrative Bodywork & Access Energy Therapist Valerie Leeds, Founder of Invigorate U, and Co-Owner of Zen Den Yoga School & Wellness Retreat Center. Invigorate U specializes in health, wellness and personal empowerment through healing modalities on the massage table, and transformational mentoring strategies off the massage table. Valerie has 2 decades of experience in the field of health and personal development, 19 as a Certified Integrative Bodywork and Energy Therapist, doing healing internationally. I cultivate your wellbeing, “We all go in and out of balance. Our equilibrium is shifting all the time. I teach you to harness tools that you can use to re-balance and rejuvenate moment to moment each day. The more tools and the more resources you have in your tool belt the greater the ease in shifting your focus – whether for pain management, negotiation of a business deal, cultivating a whole food lifestyle, improving your golf game, or to improve intimacy in relationships.” Valerie Leeds Many clients report feeling sessions with Valerie often result in feelings of lightness, calmness, and bliss in the body and mind. There is a release that occurs by clearing the electromagnetic fields in and around your body. Experience greater ease, joy and glory! Valerie Leeds is adept at being your catalyst and guide through life’s transitions. § Create Greater Intimacy through a new level of Consciousness and Awareness in Relationships, and learn to navigate Gender Patterns § Train in Special Tools to Reduce Stress, Shift Obstacles and Eliminate Limiting Beliefs § Generate Empowerment Systems and Strategies for Ease and Joy in whatever you desire – Food & Wellness, Relationships, & Spirit.

2 responses »

  1. H.E.A.R.T. Program Beta is launching! Healthy Eating Always a Real Treat! Contact Valerie Leeds at to be a part of it!

  2. That looks fabulous! You’re detailed description and background on this recipe is a nice personal touch!

    – Marnie B.


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