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Make Way for Happiness!

Published July 8, 2017 by Maryanne

SAM_2842Hello Happiness

This is why I’m more a believer in pronoia than karma …

First, I must explain “pronoia” since everyone knows what karma is. According to Wikipedia, here is the definition: “Pronoia is a neologism that is defined as the opposite state of mind to paranoia: having the sense that there is a conspiracy that exists to help the person. It is also used to describe a philosophy that the world is set up to secretly benefit people.”

Blessings in disguise are necessary to one’s evolution. It really sucks to be going through a bad time, but that’s what moves you to a better time. A quick example would be my career. Thanks to always trying to escape nasty people and office gossip, I’ve advanced myself to places I’ve always dreamed of. Starting out as a shipping clerk right after high school, I’ve learned all aspects of the working world — A/R, A/P, credit/collections — then went on to more creative venues, from typing, to proofreading, copy editing, writing features, learning design programs, and authoring three books. (As well as helping other people write their books). I am now superwoman. The more I learn, the higher my rates become; and the more I can pick and choose what work I want; and the more concerts I can go to, the more clothes I can buy, and the more vacations I can take. Go me.

Had I been someone who thrived on negativity, I would have stayed put. Fortunately bettering myself, away from back stabbers, always meant advancing in my career. Thank you Universe.

But pronoia doesn’t just work in career, it works in just about anything. A prime example happened a few weeks ago. I got hooked on a particular eatery and was spending much time (and money) there. However, I realized, being a health fanatic, the options were limited once I got bored with the dish I enjoyed most.

I also had to coach them to let them know there were certain items they put in their foods that I didn’t consider healthy, such as grains; almond or coconut milk from a brand that uses cane sugar; and bananas, which are extremely high carbs.

One day there was a new counter girl, having a hard time with my order. I was extremely patient, with a smile on my face. Fifteen minutes later, the grand finale was that she put granola on top of my finished product. (I do not like granola at all!)

I told her I was allergic, which gets you more compassion than just saying you do not like something — sometimes. But not this time. The owner was very snippy with me and said, “You’re allergic to nuts?!” as if I bothered her.

Right then and there I made up my mind that I would never step foot in that place again. I never really felt comfortable there to begin with. It was just an all around bad vibe as they tended to cater to people they knew personally, making it clique-ish. Plus, that day I saw fruit flies on their samples. It was no longer an inviting place to eat.

Is this the universe speaking? You bet! Read on …

I spent 45 minutes on the internet looking for another healthy place to eat in the area. Well, I found one that was much healthier — all raw vegan foods with no processed sugar, no grains, and many items minus bananas! I’ve been going every day since. The service is better. The owner even came out to shake my hand for writing a good review about them. That’s the way to go!

But wait, there’s more!

You get “points” for your purchases! Now, not only is this place, healthier and friendlier than the first place, but less expensive. And with the points, I’ve already had two free healthy desserts (made from natural, organic fresh fruit and cacao).

Then the real reward is that going to this place takes me through the back roads, avoiding all traffic. So instead of just looking at cars, I can see deer (and fawn!) romping, rabbits, swans, etc. It’s an all around prettier trip.

If you pay attention to pronoia, you will see how it happens often. Bad things almost always push you in a better direction. If you feel uncomfortable in your place of worship,  job, or the person you are with, it’s definitely the universe (or God!) telling you that you belong somewhere else, or with someone else.

While “pronoia” is the official term, I like to call these things The Parable of Sonny & Cher. As the story goes, Sonny and Cher were so down on their luck, they had to sell all the furniture in their home to make ends meet. This is when Sonny Bono wrote their hit “I Got You Babe.”

Did you ever lose it all, then get your dream job? Or win the lottery?

Did someone you love deeply die recently? If so, watch how many great things start happening to you almost immediately afterwards. Whether it’s the universe repaying you for your loss; or your loved one, now in heaven, taking care of you from above — it’s a given that tragedy leads to precious gifts.

Did you ever have a horrible day, followed by a fantastic evening? That is also pronoia at work. Bad things motivate you to grab the good. It’s a survival mechanism.

How has pronoia worked for YOU? Feel free to share your stories; I’d love to hear them!

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of three books, including “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” available on Amazon. If you like positive, fun, silly books that don’t go in a downward spiral, this one’s for you:

Her third book “The Gypsy Smiled” will be published by GenZ later this year.





Coconut Lime Macaroons

Published May 26, 2017 by Maryanne

SAM_2518Coconut Lime Macaroons

The above is a photograph of Coconut Lime Macaroons I made improvising on a Young Living recipe.

Here’s my version of their Dairy-Free Coconut Lime Macaroons


12 oz. shredded unsweetened coconut flakes

1 can organic unsweetened coconut milk

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Pinch of Himalayan sea salt

1 pastured egg, including yolk

8 drops Lime Vitality essential oil

4 drops Bergamot Vitality essential oil


Preheat oven to 325F.

In a large bowl, combine shredded coconut, condensed coconut milk, and lime juice. Mix well.

In a separate bowl, beat egg with a pinch of sea salt. Add Lime Vitality and Bergamot Vitality. Then stir into the coconut mixture. Mix well.

Pour batter into cupcake pan. The batter makes 18.

Bake 20 minutes. Macaroons will be lightly browned.

Cool and ENJOY!

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is health conscious foodie, available for lectures. She’s also a Young Living distributor. Contact:


Caldwell Salt Cave

Published May 21, 2017 by Maryanne

SAM_2484My husband, Dennis, relaxing at Caldwell Salt Cave

It’s been quite some time since I experienced the pleasures of relaxing in a salt cave. So my husband and I decided to check out the Caldwell Salt Cave, Caldwell, New Jersey earlier today.

Salt therapy is like spending some time on the beach, however, the benefits are more. In addition to relaxation, the salt is good for your skin, respiratory system, allergies, sinus congestion and more.

Sitting in a salt cave is a five-star experience. It’s meditative and rejuvenating. After spending time lying down with my feet in the salt, and even holding some salt in my hands, I felt incredible. My facial skin felt especially soft. (Ladies, if you do this, I encourage you to look in the mirror afterwards. You may feel you look five years younger or so!)

The owner Lynn is a DOLL!  She’s very knowledgeable about health and it was awesome chatting with her.

While waiting for the salt room, Lynn offered us herbal tea.

The storefront is beautiful. There’s gorgeous art on the walls, pretty seahorse pillow, lamps and diffusers. There’s many items for sale such as jewelry, soaps, essential oils, and candles.

Plus, there’s an assortment of spiritual books that people can borrow to read.

And even though I’m a Young Living distributor, I love that there’s DoTerra oils here because I am a fan of DoTerra too. I loved the DoTerra hand soap that was in the bathroom.

All in all, I can’t say enough good about this place — my husband and will definitely be back! Thank you Lynn, for your stellar hospitality!

Maintaining Healthy Blood Sugar

Published December 7, 2016 by Maryanne


Healthy Blood Sugar

This month I wrote a feature that was published in Vitamin Retailer Magazine, online and in print, on maintaining healthy blood sugar. To view the article, visit:

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is a journalist and public speaker. She is available to give health lectures. Contact: 

Dream On! Trends in Sleep and Relaxation Supplements

Published November 1, 2016 by Maryanne

dream-onMe, Relaxing, Summer 2015, Bethel, N.Y.

My article “Dream On! Trends in Sleep and Relaxation Supplements” appeared in Vitamin Retailer Magazine. Check it out:

And here is the “Extra Extra” sidebar, “Solutions for Insomnia”

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta gives lectures on health in various libraries. To contact Maryanne go to: 

Soft Skin Scrub

Published September 27, 2016 by Maryanne

sam_1359Soft Skin Scrub

Winter is on it’s way and now is a great time to start prepping. You can make your skin super soft with this wonderful recipe.

Mix the following:

Two cups sea salt

10 drops Orange Young Living Oil

Base of one cup coconut oil

Rub in circular motions all over your skin. Shower.

You’ll feel super fresh, clean, and your skin will be its softest ever!

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is a writer and public speaker. She gives many lectures on health in libraries throughout New Jersey. She is also a Young Living distributor. Contact Maryanne at: 

Natural Relief for Peripheral Neuropathy

Published September 9, 2016 by Maryanne

sam_1086Healthy at 53

DISCLAIMER: Do not try any of this without first consulting your doctor.

Much earlier this summer, about a month before my 53rd birthday my feet started feeling very cold. I’d say to my husband, “Feel my feet, they are so cold.”

He said they weren’t cold, that they felt normal. But to me they felt cold.

This went on for a few days. I went to my acupuncturist and told him my feet were cold. He started treating me for circulation, which included some Chinese herbs. Then he went on vacation for two weeks. During that time, my feet felt less cold, but very tender. When I walked it felt like I had cotton stuck between my toes. Whether I was barefoot or in flats I felt this. (I had temporarily given up on heels). Then the pain started going up my legs, like a sciatica pain, and finally in between my fingers. When I exercised, I couldn’t feel my feet. And bike riding made the pain worse.

I got scared and went to a medical doctor — something that is so out of the ordinary for me. I mean, this all came on so fast, without warning. I was terrified. I was taking such good care of myself, how could this happen?

The only medical doctor I trusted was the one my husband went to. He was honest and wasn’t what one would call a “pill pusher.” I had gone to him several years ago when I had a very mild case of chicken pox. In fact, so mild, the doctor said it was the most mild case he had ever seen. I attribute that to my very healthy lifestyle, even though back then I wasn’t nearly as health conscious as I am today. I eat nothing artificial. I do not drink alcoholic beverages. I exercise daily. And I avoid breads and only consume brown rice on occasion.

The doctor felt my feet and said my circulation was good and that I had “Peripheral Neuropathy.” And even though I am in my 50s, the doctor said he didn’t want to put me on medication because I was “too young.”

For that, I am forever grateful.

Instead he gave me a cream to use. I also asked if I could use something from a health food store. He said, “Yes.” And that’s the kind of medical doctor you want.

That night I tried the cream on my feet. The pain went away instantly, but since it had chemicals in it and my body isn’t used to chemicals, I had a reaction. My heart was racing.

I did some internet research and then went to the health food store the next day. I purchased a product that was specifically for peripheral neuropathy pain. It took the edge off, but I still wasn’t comfortable.

I struggled with the pain for a few weeks because I was insanely busy with my career and social life. I walked around in a fog for weeks. My quality of life was at an all-time low. I’d go to bed sad and wake up sad, as I was in so much pain. I wondered if my nutritionist/chiropractor could help? I held off making an appointment because during the summer he was off on Saturdays and my weeks were so busy, it was nearly impossible to fit him in. But then I finally was able to squeeze him in.

After one adjustment, the pain was 75 percent gone. He also gave me some natural supplements to relieve joint stiffness, tissue repair, nervous system function, etc.

Then my acupuncturist was back from vacation and after one session, the pain subsided even more. By now I was 80 percent pain-free.

And I did more research.

I found that there were four key items to relieve the pain of peripheral neuropathy. In no particular order: 1. Brewer’s Yeast; 2. Hemp seed oil; 3. Cod liver oil; 4. Magnesium.

The next day I went back to the health food store to get those items. And with those items I created a recipe that helped relieve my pain within two hours!

Recipe for Pain Relief of Peripheral Neuropathy

1 cup coconut water 
1 cup frozen organic blueberries
1 heaping tablespoon Brewer’s Yeast 
1 tablespoon Hemp seed oil
1 tablespoon of lemon flavored cod liver oil (you can’t even taste it!)
1 packet of Calm’s Magnesium (raspberry and lemon flavor)

I started doing this over a week ago and most days my pain is 100 percent GONE! Other days I will have minimal pain in the morning, but it goes away as soon as I have my drink.

And I can wear high heels again!

I make this drink every morning. Sometimes for variety, I’ll try something other than coconut water, like maple water, or just plain water.

Since I was doing so much for my health, I’m not sure if it was the drink that helped me so much, or a combination of natural herbs and supplements, acupuncture adjustments and chiropractic adjustments. Or perhaps a lot of prayer and creative visualization.

All I know is that I feel so blessed to have found the right natural care practitioners, the right health food store that had product, and even the right medical doctor who did not steer me wrong.

After suffering from mid-July to nearly the end of August, I am back to my healthy, happy self again. I was scared, but I was persistent. I share my story because I would love to be able to help someone else.

DISCLAIMER: Consult your doctor or health care practitioner before trying the recipe. 

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is an author and public speaker. She is currently writing her first health book. To hire her for a public speaking engagement, contact her at: for pricing and availability.