Archive for June, 2009 – Healthy, Convenient Menu Planning Option for Busy Bodies ™.

Delicious Health has partnered up with to offer easy, healthy, online menu planning service for busy professionals.

Busy? Tired of having to plan a menu and create a shopping list for your healthy diet? Well, you can have it done for you… every day…for 5 meals a day… for only $14.99 a month. (Can you say “Steal”?!?)

When you sign up with, you get:

  1. Weekly Menus, 5 meals per day
    Click here for a sample 5MiniMeals Plan
  2. Weekly Shopping Lists
    Click here for a sample weekly shopping list
  3. Online Education Events
    Where yours truly is a regular expert speaker. (You get to join in on these webinars for F*REE as a 5MiniMeals subscriber!)


* Delicious Health Special Offer*

Get 50% off your 5MiniMeals First Month’s Membership.
($7.49 for 1 month instead of $14.99)
Use COUPON CODE DH5Mini when you sign up here.

 Contact Sarah at with any questions here.

NOTE: 5MiniMeals focuses on lots of fresh vegetables, fruits, lean meats and fish.  If you’re a vegetarian, have food allergies, or are a really ‘picky’ eater – this might not be the right service for you.  But if you’re into eating a balanced diet with smaller portions and want someone to do the planning for you – then we look forward to hearing how the plan works for you.

June 30, 2009 at 10:30 AM Leave a comment

7-Day Cleanse July 24-30! Real food, real delicious, real deal.

Improve the way you look and feel with Cook! SF and Delicious Health!

We’ve teamed up to provide you with a fad-free, healthy, gentle yet effective, deeeee-licious 7-Day done-for-you cleanse menu… delivered to your door! [For San Francisco Bay Area clients only… stay tuned for future locations.]

Based on the best-selling book, Ultra Metabolism by Dr. Mark Hyman, the Cook! SF One Week Cleanse (July 24-30) provides you with delicious, and YES!, satisfying meals designed to help you lose weight, increase your energy, and reduce internal inflammation.

Cook! SF delivers fresh, mainly organic meal kits to your doorstep at work or at home. Delicious, all-local ingredients are fully prepped and ready-to-cook. With their easy instructions, you’ll “chef up” a gourmet meal in 20 minutes! And for the very busy, Cook! SF also offers a large selection of fresh meals that just need gentle reheating.

Here are some of the great foods Cook! SF provides for you during your cleanse:

  • Halibut with Lemon Caper Dressing with sauteed baby pea shoots
  • Organic Chicken with Roasted Lemon and sauteed organic kale
  • Spring Vegetable Stir Fry with organic shitake mushrooms, snow peas, asparagus, carrots, chives, parsley, garlic, scallions and lemon and a side of organic brown rice penne


* Special Offer from Delicious Health*

Sign up for the July 24th Cleanse by July 11th and receive $20 off.  Use Coupon Code:  cDH 0709

Sign up by clicking here today.

Last day to sign up for the Cook! SF Cleanse is July 18th.
Currently available for San Francisco Bay Area clients only.

Contact Cook! SF at 415.513.5328 with questions or visit

June 29, 2009 at 7:00 AM Leave a comment

Something Delicious is Brewing…

My first ever radio interview is on Wednesday, July 1st – my birthday!

Come join me and my host, Alice Moore, on “Coffee Meditations” – Energy Talk Radio – Wednesday, July 1, at 5pm PST by clicking here. We’ll be chatting about my experience healing from several autoimmune conditions (fibromyalgia, undifferentiated connective tissue disorder, chronic fatigue, multiple chemical sensitivity, and more) and exploring the topic of food as medicine. I’ll post the MP3 up later when it’s ready.
It’s summer and time for my annual trip to Turkey to spend time with my family. This is also the time I dream and create. So…
I have several transformative, revolutionary, and FUN new programs brewing, including some FREE ones for this Fall:
* From Invisible to Invincible (tm) : How to Take Back Control of Your Health & Live Well with an Autoimmune Condition
* Balanced Being Fast-Track Program (tm) :  The 10-Week Delicious Health Intensive for Busy Professionals
* The Truth About Cleansing Diets: Myth or Must?
And many more (seriously… you should see the traffic jam inside my head). 
A lot of my events and programs take place virtually, either online or via
teleclasses, so you can participate no matter where you are.

Drop me a line at hello(at) if you want advance notice of any of the programs above.

Or, better yet:

Stay tuned by signing up for my free eZine, Delicious Byte, by heading to our homepage – click here.

June 27, 2009 at 3:01 AM Leave a comment

Eat Your Stress Away, The Right Way! Back by popular demand… WEBINAR on June 25th!

It’s baaaa-aaack!

I recently hosted a standing-room only live workshop here in San Francisco and many of you were bummed that you couldn’t attend, mostly because you don’t live in the area.


It’s now a WEBINAR so you can attend no matter where you are!

Eat Your Stress Away – The Right Way!

 Nutrition & Lifestyle Secrets to
Reducing Stress,
Increasing Energy
(and Losing Weight, Too!) 

Recent research shows that our genes only account for 3% in determining which health conditions we will manifest based on our genetic heritage. The other 97% is about what you eat and how you live.

Join Simla Somturk Wickless, Integrative Nutrition Consultant and founder of Delicious Health, Inc., in this LIVE ONLINE WORKSHOP to learn: 

  • The #1 secret you have to know about stress to control it!
  • How stress really affects your body, mind, and emotions.
  • The Top 3 nutrition mistakes that fuel your stress.
  • Your personal Stress Resilience FactorTM score.
  • The top stress-busting foods.
  • The key lifestyle changes you need to prioritize.
  • How you can eat deliciously and still melt away the pounds

Stress is an undeniable reality in our lives. And it’s not going away anytime soon. Stress contributes to a range of health woes — from weight gain (the kind that’s really hard to shake off!) to osteoporosis, from burnout to autoimmune conditions, from insomnia to depression, from diabetes to gastrointestinal issues… and the onset of these chronic conditions has been skyrocketing in the past two decades.

Are there foods you can eat on purpose to combat the effects of stress? Absolutely. Can you tweak your lifestyle, making small changes to see natural improvements in your ability to sleep, think, focus, be healthier, and have sustainable energy? Definitely.

Curious? Well you have to be there to find out!

Here’s what some past participants have said:

“The holistic, 360 degree integral view of life, food, health… It’s FANTASTIC!”
– Alain Truong, Financial Analyst

“Excellent content and delivery. Thank you! You taught me WHY it’s so important to be aware of the entrie spectrum of lifestyle issues as well as food in terms of their impact on our health.”
– Molly Hoyt, Workshop Attendee

“Simla is obviously very knowledgable and loves what she does. This comes across in her presentation…”
– Lindsay B., Underwriter

“I appreciated the time dedicated to addressing holistic health, community, work life, etc., and not just nutrition, as it affects our health. Your natural energy and approach were welcoming and non-intimidating.”
– M.D., Workshop Attendee

“Simla was a very energetic, happy, and knowledgeable instructor. Her presentation was everything I was hoping for when I signed up.”
– Andy Wilder, Engineer


Thursday, June 25, 2009 from 5:30 PM PST / 8:30 PM EST

Via Webinar – Call in or watch & listen via the web from anywhere!
You’ll get the details when you sign up BELOW.

Hosted By
5 Mini

Investment In Your Health – SIGN UP HERE
*An exclusive offer from Delicious Health*

Only $8 with Coupon

Enter coupon code DH5MM for a 20% Discount


If the above link doesn’t work, try clicking here.

We’ll have fun, learn a lot, and you’ll have immediate, easy actions you can take to start feeling better right away!

I hope to “see” you there!

June 13, 2009 at 5:45 PM Leave a comment

Beautiful BBQ and Client Brag Time


I just want to brag about one of my clients, Megan, who has jumped wholeheartedly into changing her nutrition & lifestyle habits.

Here are two photos she sent me of her recent BBQ. Aren’t these veggies just GORGEOUS?!?

Yes, there was meat involved, which is just fine, but this just makes it better.

Goooooo Megan!

Megan's Beautiful BBQ!

Megan's Beautiful BBQ!

And more!

Ready to eat!

Ready to eat!

How colorful are your BBQs going to be this summer? Get creative!

June 12, 2009 at 3:36 PM Leave a comment

The Great Coffee Conundrum: Good or Bad for You?

Today, a workshop participant of mine asked a great question and I wanted to share it as it may help some of you, my blog readers, as well.

The Question

“I haven’t always been a coffee drinker but I do enjoy it now though not every day. I’m very specific in my tastes (organic soy lattes with high quality espresso) and when I have it (not before breakfast, not after noon). Espresso has much less caffeine than drip coffee although a bit more than black tea but I find that the milk really helps even out its impact on my body. I rarely ever feel like I get a sharp spike- it’s more of a even keeled pick up- nor do I experience coffee headaches, cold sweats or any of the other common side effects coffee drinkers report. So I’m curious what you think about my coffee choice. Still totally horrible?”

My Answer

You are obviously a discerning coffee drinker who uses it as a culinary accessory =) rather than a daily, mindless crutch, so I say go for it and enjoy it when you do choose to have it. However, I would switch to decaf just to try it out… then switch back to caffeine as an experiment. You may find that the seemingly benign lift you think you’re getting now THEN feels like a total “WHOA!”…  Sugary foods / pastries / bagels / and other simple carbs don’t count – they make the overall impact on your body (on your stress hormones) even worse.

You can switch cold turkey and may experience withdrawal symptoms fror 5-7 days (day 2 into 3 usually is the worst), or you could slowly wean off (half/caf).

And you’re right about the milk (organic, whole / not skim) in this case. Any whole food will lessen the impact of caffeine to some extent, as it’s a type of buffer. S

Read an earlier blog post on the “Coffee Crutch” factor, here:

NOTE: This is of particular importance to those of you who feel wiped out, constantly tired and dragging, as well as those of you living with an autoimmune condition – in particular fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Your adrenal health is key here – coffee and other stimulants may make you feel better in the short-run, but they continue chipping away at your health to where recovery gets more and more difficult.

So let me know YOUR thoughts: do you feel that your coffee habit is “benign” or even good for your health? What are some of your common questions about coffee?

June 11, 2009 at 11:47 AM Leave a comment

Jicama – Cucumber Salad with Citrus Dressing

This recipe was a hit this afternoon at my Ladies Who Launch ‘reunion’ BBQ out in beautiful Sausalito. Our theme was Mexican food. Perfect, sunny day in paradise. Love my LWL girls. (Girls? We’re all over 30 but who’s counting?)

I fell in love with jicama (pronounced “hekuhmuh”) during our March trip to the Yucatan. The fruit plate I’d get would have jicama in it, and now I just cut it up and eat it like a fruit, although it’s really a root vegetable. Root veggies – like beet roots, celery root, sweet potatoes – are generally associated with winter months and warming dishes. The great thing about jicama is that you can have your root and eat it too – in the summer! Sooo refreshing, especially for the warmer months.

Great source of fiber, low glycemic, naturally low calorie, filling, crunchy, sweet, no need to cook it – what more can a busy girl ask for?

And it’s super easy to make:

Jicama – Cucumber Salad with Citrus Dressing
Makes enough as a side for 6, or 2-3 meal-size salads


1 medium jicama, peeled and cut into matchsticks
2 medium cucumbers, peeled, halved horizontally, and cut into thin half moons
1/2 small red onion, peeled, quartered, and sliced into very thin moons
leaves from 1/2 bunch of cilantro, washed, finely chopped
leaves from 1/3 bunch of fresh mint, washed, finely chopped
the juice of 1 lime
1 large or 2 small oranges, peeled, cut into wedges/ segments, without the membrane (watch this stop-action “video” to see how – just like on the cooking shows!
1/2 tsp sea salt; more later, to taste
2-3 cranks of freshly ground pepper
1 tsp canola oil


  1. Gently ‘massage’ the red onions with the sea salt, to mellow out their acidity and flavor (both my grandmothers’ trick)
  2. Add the remaining ingredients
  3. Toss!
  4. Add more sea salt, to taste


  • Great with shredded chicken
  • Add 1/2 bunch of watercress for a peppery kick
  • Spice it up with some chili powder
  • Add some sweet color with some red paprika powder (caution: nightshade)
  • Add pumpkin seeds for crunch and protein

That’s it! Enjoy!

If you share this recipe, please include this blurb with it:
This recipe shared with you courtesy of Delicious Health, Inc.
Find us at or Have a deliciously  healthy day!

June 6, 2009 at 7:16 PM 2 comments

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