Some people tend to be more susceptible to hypnotism than others. I happen to be one who actually enjoys that restful state somewhere between consciousness and sleep that hypnotherapists induce to make suggestions to the subconscious, so I’m a prime candidate. It worked successfully for me in getting sober and with smoking cessation (I haven’t had a cigarette this century), so I figured why not give weight loss a go before my upcoming beach holiday with Tatjana? Fortuitously, an old friend from Toronto came to town,

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Beth Bovaird, who also happens to be the gorgeous half of Mr. and Mrs. Hypnotist – her hubby Paul being the comedic genius half (although Beth is no slouch in the giggle department either), are the wildly original stage hypnotist team. I hadn’t seen Beth in an obscenely long time, so I jumped at one of those magical opportunities to make new memories with old friends.

Beth Bovaird and Claire Stansfield

Luckily Beth gave me a copy of her ‘Skinny Mantra’s’ along with a slew of other cd’s including ‘Release Your Inner Superstar’ and ‘Hypnotize Yourself Thin’ just before the most amazing dinner (my mouth is still watering two weeks later) I’ve had in ages. Mutual friend, Claire Stansfield prepared and served an exquisite al fresco feast in Beth’s honor at her stunning house with the world’s most magnificent view on top of the hill.

Beet, Goat’s Cheese & Pumpkin Seeds on Wasabi Salad Greens

Grilled Lemon Chicken

In fairness 95% of the sumptuous meal was extremely healthy – roasted beets with goats cheese, pumpkin seeds and wasabi tossed green salad, filo pizzettes, grilled lemon chicken, gluten-free pasta with Italian sausage and mixed greens (collard, mustard, and turnip greens).

Fresh Kale with Pine Nuts

Cream Filled, Chocolate and Blueberry topped Cake

I’m not sure if it was the hypnotic cd’s or the fact that I did gorge myself on the best kale I’ve ever had in my life grown in Claire’s own garden – yes folks she grows her own organic herbs and vegetables! But I did manage to stop at a small scoop of salted caramel ice cream (I’m dieting, not crazy), and decided to eat the perfectly decorated cake with my eyes only.

Beth, Claire, and Jewels

Then I spent the rest of the holiday weekend hypnotizing myself with Beth’s CD’s, savoring the memories and trying to recreate the insanely delicious recipes. Have you ever used hypnosis to help modify your behavior? What was it for, and was it successful?

For tips on how you can be the diva of your kitchen and a guest at your own party, like Claire has mastered, check out my new mini ebook, Party Accomplished.

Italian Turkey Sausage & Mixed Greens Rigatoni

I had this for dinner at my friend Claire’s house on 4th of July weekend, and haven’t stopped craving it since. Filling and healthy while getting those pasta yearning ya ya’s out of your system too.




1 box whole grain or brown rice rigatoni
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 pound hot or sweet Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
12 ounces mixed greens (collard, mustard, and turnip greens)
3/4 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup pecorino cheese, grated + more for serving
salt and pepper to taste


1). Sauté the turkey sausage in a large skillet over medium heat in the olive oil until nicely browned and no longer pink, about 6-8 minutes. Remove to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm, reserving fat rendered from the sausage for cooking the greens.

2). Meanwhile cook the macaroni to package instructions in a large saucepan, drain well, and pour pasta back into pan; set aside.

3). In the same skillet as the turkey, add garlic and pepper flakes, cook 30 second, or until fragrant. Add the greens, stirring frequently until wilted, about 1-2 minutes. Add the broth, scraping up any gooey bits from the bottom of the pan in the process, and bring to a simmer. Season to taste and simmer an additional 7-8 minutes.

4). Pour the turkey sausage and cooked mixed greens to the pasta, mix in the cheese, stir well and serve hot.


This is a delicious meal in one, but you could always serve with a yummy roasted beet or kale salad on the side.


If you want a vegetarian version, try subbing vegan Italian turkey sausage or vegan bacon for the meat. If you are glutton free – use a brown rice pasta, and if you like beans – cannellini beans would make a yummy addition.

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  • July 17, 2011
    2:15 pm

    I’ve never tried hypnosis for anything, but would love to see if it could help with sleeping problems that I encounter far too often. Stress related, I’m sure!
    Love the look of the food in the pictures, especially the kale. Didn’t buy any today when I hit the fresh produce stands, but I bought enough other goodies, including more beets, to last for a few days. Loving lots of fresh green salads right now with slivers of good mozzarella cheese. I am so hooked on that salad! Hope I can get big sis to try it in September when she visits as well as some other friends who will be making their way for visits in the next month.

    • July 18, 2011
      8:59 am

      Accupuncture is the inly thing that seemed to help me with sleep, Ruthee. Listening to the cd’s will certainly put you in a calm state – you’d have to ask Beth about sleep though.

  • July 17, 2011
    10:48 am

    I’m definitely going to give this recipe a try! I have always wanted to try turkey or chicken sausage but have been afraid to. I grew up eating Italian pork sausage and though I still love it, it’s not the best choice for me these days. I do like wheat pasta – surprisingly – so I am willing to give some sausage alternatives a chance. If you’re interested, I’ll let you know how it turns out.


  • July 17, 2011
    10:52 am

    Hey Dawn – Trader Joes does a vegan Hot Italian Sausage that is divine if you want to keep it vegetarian. I actually prefer Italian Turkey Sausage to Pork Sausage, but that’s just my preference. Let us know how it comes out.

  • July 17, 2011
    12:01 pm

    I too tried hypnosis. I’m quite susceptible and it was working great for the first week. Then not so much. I will keep working at it though.
    One of my favourite companion books to read for healthy living is Vidal and Beverly Sassoon’s 1970s book A Year of Health and Beauty. It goes month by month. I pull it out to read at least once a year since my teens, but I pulled it out this year and realized that it is full of so much of the information being philosophized as “new” in the last couple of years. Very little of this fantastic book is dated.
    I just wanted to share this.
    Oh and p.s. … the food looks so delicious i am drooling! I plan to make!!!!

  • July 17, 2011
    12:39 pm

    Oops – just about to drop another name, but I met Vidal Sassoon recently at a gallery opening, and the man looks fan-friggin-tastic, so whatever he was doing in that book must work.

    Hypnosis is not something you do once and it works. You should reinforce the original subconscious suggestion repeatedly. For me, it usually takes about three months before I see a marked response.

  • July 17, 2011
    2:23 pm

    I’ve never craved greens as much as I have lately, and that kale was beyond delicious! Defrosting what I have left of the pasta for dinner tonight, and will do my own rendition of the wasabi beet salad to go with it. I don’t pumpkin seeds so I’m going to try sunflower seeds instead, and skipping the cheese altogether – too lazy to run to the store and had enough calories today testing the ice cream I made.

  • July 17, 2011
    8:48 pm

    hi jewels. You do look fabulous now than ever! i do like the italian sausage that you posted here. i’m gonna suggest to make this for myself to enjoy and my family of course.

    • July 18, 2011
      9:01 am

      I just had it for dinner again last night. It froze well, and tasted delish. The pasta can soak up the liquid when stored for a while, so I added a tiny bit more chicken broth – literally a tiny splash.

  • July 18, 2011
    1:00 pm

    I’ve been to acupuncture when I had some problems with my left foot and it worked great! Jewels, let me know how the “Hypnotise yourself thin” works out, I would be interested in trying it. I got a meditation type CD for losing weight a couple years ago but it didn’t really work for me.

  • July 18, 2011
    1:02 pm

    So true about the gluten-free pasta. Al Dente is the way to go! But I am so thankful for the availability of alternatives to wheat. I am finding more and more each week. More restaurants are becoming in tune with it too. So hopefully one day the products won’t be so expensive compared to wheat-based pasta, flour etc.

  • July 18, 2011
    6:30 am

    Looks like an amazing meal. I’m intrigued by the “Release Your Inner Superstar,” CD–is it useful?

    • July 18, 2011
      8:58 am

      Hi Nancy – I’m not sure to be honest, I’ve been concentrating on the weight loss ones. I think it deals with self confidence.

  • July 18, 2011
    6:34 am

    Jewels – Muchos Muchos gracias for posting this recipe!! As a Celiac Diva I am always looking for new things to make for myself and my family. Navigating this new gluten free world can be a little tricky. Some things taste like straight cardboard or are gummy. This looks fab! Thanks again!

  • July 18, 2011
    9:02 am

    Anna – the secret to gluten free rice pasta is to be sure not to cook it more than al dente. It needs the firmness.

  • July 19, 2011
    6:00 pm

    Jewels, I make a similar dish but leave out the pasta and add either chick peas or canellini beans (for a fast meal I used canned beans, but soaked and cooked are great too). It is one of my favorite fast, easy and fresh dinners and without all the carbs of pasta, although I do feel as if I am eating a pasta dish.

    • July 20, 2011
      12:43 pm

      Yes, it would be great, but I have a texture thing about beans – can only eat them pureed. Spaghetti squash is a good low carb sub.

  • July 20, 2011
    12:20 pm

    Wow!!!! That looks like quite a feast! And beautifully presented too.


    • July 20, 2011
      12:43 pm

      Claire is genius at all of that!

  • July 20, 2011
    1:51 pm

    WOW!! Really want to make this, but what exactly should be buying for mixed greens. Not the same as salad greens right?!?! Thanks for all this Jewels!! 🙂

  • July 20, 2011
    2:07 pm

    Hi Kathy – I thought I put that in there, so thank you for pointing it out! The mix I usually get is Collard, Mustard, and Turnip greens. Beet greens would be really lovely in there too, and do try the Wasabi Beet Salad in the recipe forum too.