Julie Anne Rhodes by Matthew Rolston

My mother always said “never judge a book by it’s cover”… I’m living proof of that. People always tell me how young I look for my age, and I appreciate it, thank you! Most of it is probably down to good genes, but I do lead a healthy lifestyle. I don’t drink, I haven’t had a cigarette this century, I exercise most days, and my diet consists of mainly vegetables and greens, lean proteins, and healthy fats. I’m not professing to be perfect… I do still enjoy the odd indulgent meal or that decadent dessert on special occasions, but everything within moderation. There is definitely room for improvement… I should meditate more often, sleep much more than I do, and it would be nice to find someone special to share those meals with.

Having said that… did you know that couples are twice as likely to break-up between the December holidays and Valentines Day? That is a lot of broken hearts, or at least that is what wesay it feels like when a relationship ends. I’ve been single for a long time, but I still have a broken heart…literally! So the moral of the story is “this book’s” insides are not quite as good as it’s cover. The good news is it can be fixed, and in time for Valentines Day!

Tatjana & Julie Anne Rhodes with Emily Cash
I wish I could make a deal with the devil that… if I never ate another piece of fried chicken again in my lifetime, I could skip the open heart surgery… but mine is a mechanical malfunction, not a lifestyle or dietary one. I’m a survivor, so don’t worry about me. Once I have the surgery I intend to have the energy of a teenager again… I’ll be dancing on table tops before you know it!

I’ve written some blogs to keep you amused that will self-publish periodically, so please keep coming back. That doesn’t mean I won’t pop in occasionally… your support has been so comforting… especially when times are rough. I will most likely be out of commission for a few weeks while I recuperate, so please don’t be offended if I do not reply to your comments right away. Thank you for understanding!

Julie Anne Rhodes
Even if a deal with the devil wouldn’t change my situation, I do have many clients who require a heart healthy diet. Trust me, that does not mean you have to sacrifice flavor or sophistication! This is what will be on my menu come February 14th this year.

Valentines Day Menu

“Cream” of Cauliflower & Sun Choke Soup with White Truffle Oil
garnished with
Heart-Shaped Roasted Beet Juice

Marinated Salmon Seared in a Black Peppercorn Crust
on a bed of
Sesame Sauteed Beet Greens
Lemon Jasmine Rice

Jewels Berry Tart of Hearts

Just chill some Champagne, put on a little soft music, a few rose petals here and there, dim the lights, and light some candles for a perfectly romantic evening in with that someone special.
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  • January 24, 2010
    5:26 am

    The Devil is overrated. Believe in the strength of yourself. If you need to "talk" you can always email me.Speedy and gentle recovery!!

  • January 24, 2010
    6:30 am

    i'm alittle shocked at what i just read.i had no idea you were dealing with all that.i wish you all the best and will continue to read your interesting blogs.take care julie,laura lynn

  • January 24, 2010
    7:44 am

    Hi Julie Anne,Sending you love and best wishes for a speedy recovery. Let me know if you need anythingxx

  • January 24, 2010
    9:41 am

    Hi Julie Anne,OMG, who would have thought…so shocked but just remember that you are in everyone's hearts and thoughts at this time….sending you huge warm wishes (and hugs) for a very fast healing recovery. Just remember Lousie L Hay and her beautiful affirmations on healing. I most definately will.Aussie Mum

  • January 24, 2010
    12:18 pm

    Get well soon Julie Anne, wishing u a quick recovery!

  • January 24, 2010
    5:21 pm

    My mom has a heart surgery coming up soon, too. I'll add you to my prayers. Best wishes for a smooth and speedy recovery!

  • January 24, 2010
    6:43 pm

    Julie Anne,I so enjoy reading your fascinating blogs I am so taken back reading this news. As someone who has battled a chronic illness their entire life, I know what it is like to feel your body betray you. I have learned that positive inner spirit and vibrancy is the key, and you seem to have that in spades! In the end, it always will overcome what the body dishes out. Sending healing energy your way and I wish you a very speedy and comfortable recovery, surrounded by the ones you love the most and you favorite things. All the best!

  • January 24, 2010
    8:03 pm

    Thank you for all of the well wishes, support, and prayers. I know this is just a pit stop before the next exciting chapter of life. I will be fine, and back before you know it. XO

  • January 24, 2010
    8:59 pm

    get well soon Julianne big hugs

  • January 24, 2010
    10:52 pm

    It's so very thoughtful of you to prepare something for your readers while you're recuperating.We shall look forward to your speedy return to even better health, but I would advise strongly against the dancing on tables. I tried it once at a birthday celebration, got my heel caught and fell off. Thankfully my landing was soft as I fell into the laps of those sat around my table, but the embarrassment of it all may have made landing on the floor a little more bearable. Having said that, it's funny to look back upon. :)I send all my love and positive thoughts and hopes that the process is as gentle on you and as speedy as possible.I shall also be thinking of your darling Taj. My mother is having a different operation on the 29th of this month and so I know how on edge she will be feeling and how she must wish she could be by your side to hold your hand through it all. My mother is actually thankful they won't let me in the operaring theatre as she reckons it'll be worse than the hospital dramas on the telly and is fearful of me passing out, throwing up and generally getting in the way. LOL!Take wonderful care of yourself, and make sure the hospital food they give you reaches your usual high standards! 😉

  • January 24, 2010
    11:17 pm

    Best of luck to you, Julie Anne. Thank goodness for modern medicine! I expect you'll be back on your feet and feeling sassy in no time.

  • January 24, 2010
    11:49 pm

    I come from a long line of table top dancers… my Grandma Ellie used to have a great time shocking everyone by climbing up there and having a good old time. My friend Julia just sent me a message that she will join me, and I'm sure she will!Thank you all… my spirits are high. Please do not worry.Thank you more for the words of support for Tatjana. This is much scarier for her than it is for me. She has been a rock for me, and I am so proud of the woman she has become. Nick just called to wish me luck, and assures me he will be with her the whole time. BTW, I am probably one of the only souls on earth who actually LIKES hosptital food. It means I get a break from the kitchen! xo

  • January 25, 2010
    1:11 am

    Whats to say except take care of you!Thoughts and payers are with you and Tajana!You could always come and recoup in Melbourne Australia! Aussie Mum and I would look after you!!! Love always Colleen xxxx

  • January 25, 2010
    1:45 am

    Sending you warm wishes for a safe proceedure and a speedy recovery. I'll enduldge in your Red Velvet Pancakes in your honor and think of you!! You'll be in our thoughts…!~Meliss

  • January 25, 2010
    6:34 am

    Sending warm fuzzies your way Jewels! 🙂

  • January 25, 2010
    10:55 am

    Ohhhh Julie Anne we will miss you so much!! Do look after yourself. We will all be here thinking of you…. Lots and lots of love. Eilis

  • January 25, 2010
    3:09 pm

    Best of luck with the surgery, Julie Anne. I hope it all really goes well and you are back on your feet in now time, delighting us with your yummy receipes and kitchen tips!Thinking of you.

  • January 25, 2010
    3:59 pm

    Love You Jewels.

  • January 25, 2010
    4:56 pm

    Julie Anne:Sending lots of love and light your way (and your daughter's). Speedy recovery… and take care of yourself!xoJennifer

  • January 25, 2010
    5:22 pm

    Looking forward to seeing your first post-op post!(BTW, I made sure to "test drive" our coffee table before buying it. At least 4 of us can dance on it!)Best of luck to you,Suzanne

  • January 26, 2010
    4:11 am

    Dear Jewels,Please take care of yourself and have a safe healthy recovery. I have lost the two people who mean the most to me to heart disease in 2009 within seven months of each other. My dad died of a massive heart attack at the age of 59 in May of 2009 and my grandfather (dad's dad) died on December 29, 2009 during heart surgery. He was 80 years old. My prayers and thoughts are with both you and Tatjana.

  • January 26, 2010
    8:50 pm

    Wishing you (and your family) all the very best Jewels. Come back healthy and strong and enjoy that post-op table top dance!Big hugs xxx

  • January 31, 2010
    3:18 pm

    Dear Jewels:As redader of your blog, I want to thank you as it's thoughtful for you to think of us and prepare something while you're getting well, …wish you the best recovery. Get well soon!Best wishes, María (Spain)

  • February 6, 2010
    2:36 am

    Prayers for you and yours – take good care!

  • February 7, 2010
    1:38 pm

    Oh Jules I just read the blogs backwards … i understood you to be having surgery but i had no idea how intensive a surgery. I bless you and wish you the very best, safest and peaceful recoveries. I know you will come back to us all stronger and healthier than ever. You mentioned meditation… i know during recovery it is hard to think outside the discomfort your body is feeling and a frightened spirit is dealing with… but meditation can help you heal. It is our direct line to god and the divine energy of all physical and ethereal.I will be sending healing energies your way …. all my lovelaura