April Zine 04/20/2009 | by Susan Powter Filed under: | THE QUEEN’S ZINE


It’s certainly time to start the April Zine because it’s April. You wouldn’t know it by the weather outside; snowing in Seattle in April says it all. But it is April and there’s no chance of this Queen’s Zine not being all about, what’s all about. One hell of an April holiday season, the Easter state of the nation must be discussed because it has everything to do with how millions are (not) looking and feeling. Refined white sugar being refined white sugar and people eating tons and tons well, exactly….

Not to mention but, twist my arm what it really is…fertile, fertile, fertile, why do you think it’s been reduced to squillions of over starched children frantically running after the worst, mass produced, so-not-even chocolate shit. If you haven’t heard, download certainly Tuesday the 14th’s Show on because the power behind what’s most despised is, more than, discussed.


Another day, another holiday reduced to refine white sugar, tons of tinselly, florescent, plasticky horrifying trash when in fact, tis a lovely holiday time of the year.

Because Spring is. What’s to decorate? The Earth is right now; you don’t even have to be conscious to know that, blooming is happening everywhere and, it’s blooming sexy. Budding is, sprouting is, regenerating abounds and, it’s very real (far more real than what’s being sold/told) and very sexy. And you? Feeling sexy, strong, alive rejuvenated? You, connected to the Earth and the stunning show happening everywhere you look? You hankering for sun and fun? The reality is, not for millions which begs the question if not, why not?

The exact opposite is what far too many live in daily, not directly connected at all; not a good feeling because it all is directly connected certainly, to the way you look and feel.

Just before Summer sexy, is that what you are feeling? In all likelihood not and, that’s real. The frustration, fear, angst and horror of summer just around the corner, another summer not connected to your body, another summer not looking and feeling the way you want to look and feel. Another summer of no energy and strength. Another summer gone, exactly what’s happening to millions of people right now, I know. I know because that’s exactly what happened to me.

Ring a bell….

Weight loss cycle, 101…

You made a resolution, what was it three months ago?
Stuck to it for a couple of weeks, maybe a bit more
You failed again….

Self flogging begins

You’ve been swamped
Life ain’t getting any easier
And now…
The economy

You are miles from the way you want to look and feel
And, damn Summer is…looming

There’s no way you can lose as much weight as you need to lose so,
Screw it….
You compromise everything you really, really wanted/want and, another summer blown.

Nothing pessimistic about the truth and, that is the truth. Also the absolute truth of the matter if loving the way you look and feel (didn’t say dropping a couple of pounds, said loving the way you look and feel and mean it) is what you want is, you can. There’s no need (ever) to lose another season completely disconnected from your body and caught in the weight loss that never works cycle.

Let’s get back to the Earth because when you think about it (and emulate it, literally) what’s going on wouldn’t be such a bad thing to add to your (everybody’s) daily life. Sprouting, blossoming, reaching towards the sun need I say more? It turns out it’s the perfect time to add all of that and some to your life and there’s only one way to do it.


No better time than now is literal as is fertile. Energy to birth – the life you want, the energy you want, the body you want – why not? What better time than right now, during a cycle far bigger than most could imagine possible, the Earth’s. Nothing spiritual about it (although) I’m talking about the direct connection between what the Earth is doing, the energy that takes to do it, the fertility (everywhere) handed to you to do it and weight loss, oh yes I am.

This past week’s blogs have been all about it and you didn’t hear a gong in any of them. No turban, no title, no mountaintop. None needed; what I’m saying is literal, indisputable and never, ever, ever discussed which is, where it gets interesting….

If alive, rejuvenated and blossoming are things you’d like to live in daily then there’s one question that needs answering, actually a couple of questions. How you are living, every day in every way? Rhetorical of course point being the solution. Changing a lifestyle that isn’t working for millions which will solve more problems (symptoms) than most could imagine possible, the solution and, it is. When I say no better time to start than now, I’m talking about one hell of a powerful truth.

Now is the time for you to resurrect. Yes.

Spring is a festival, the Earth’s. Heavily adorned without a doubt, everything opening to the sun and warmth, enough said if/when you think about it. The festival of fertility is what’s happening and the most fertile time in your health, your life, your body and brain (cause they are directly connected dr. dr.) is now. Eat, breathe, move and think about that…..


You’ll notice quite a few new springy sections popping up all over your Zine this month for reasons already explained and, it’s true. Between Tuesday night’s radio show, twitter,, myspacers, youtubers, facebooking, there are far more requests for must have information like, the 101 book list to freedom.

Kimmy don’t run and Kimmy wants a booklist (see any Tuesday night’s show and you’ll know what I’m talking about) so Kimmy gets a booklist from my boxes and boxes of books, all my books that lie (in waiting) for a moment. Books I’ve carried around for, well over 20 years and will carry till the day I die because I love my books. Books my 25 year old son is reading; titles he picked up on his own (having been raised by me, of course) titles I read at his age and younger, the next generation of life changing information to say the least…

Starting with:

Who Cooked the Last Supper, Rosalind Miles (or titled The Woman’s History of The World)
Read it, every human being should…

Silent Springs, Rachel Carson
Read it, every human being should

Beyond Beef, Jeremy Rifkin
Written how long ago?

Howard Zinn, A People’s History of The United States

Four great places to start, different categories same story, brilliantly told which, I just decided will be the criteria for my Zine book lists. Different categories, same story (because it all is) brilliant told. So there you have it, a terrific beginning book list for everyone interested.


Another new title…

I sat down the other day to edit and wrote what I just did. This “I just” list was done just after I just did it all.


Cleaned the whole house from toilet to floors


Brown rice
Hot and spicy chicken wings
Chickpeas for hummus and, made hummus
Tossed one hell of a wild green and, every other chopped veggie under the sun, salad….

Painted six pieces for art project

Served an amazing lunch to my sons

Hummus with grilled onions and potato tacos….

And sat down to work….

I just, by Susan Powter!


Summer salad time or, as close as I’ve seen to summer in far too long. Consider this my spell, right from the cauldron (literal again and again and) it’s my grocery list for today for the salads I’m making and some…


Broccoli Salad

Two heads of fresh Broc
An onion
Soy bacon, a couple of slices
Almonds, sliced


Brown rice vinegar
Sprinkle soy sauce
Sprinkle hot sesame oil and I mean a sprinkle
More and more lemon…

Par boil Broc
Drain and run cold water over
Cook the crap out of the soy bacon
I broil it after cooking it
Till crispy and let cool

Drizzle a bit of dressing on broccoli
Crispy soy bacon

And anything else you’d like to add, always…

Corn Salad, simple and fabulous

A whole bunch of corn, not in season… then frozen organic works
A couple of tomatoes
Chopped zucchini
Chopped cucumber
Chopped onions
Chopped bell pepper

Tiny cubed pieces of the most beautiful colors and….
Simple to figure this one out…
Dump the corn in a bowl
Dump chopped everything in
And do it Italian
Oil, vinegar, pepper, salt
Garlic…what more do you

I blogged about them the other day, hand whipped sweet potato butter…and, here it is.

Hand Whipped Sweet Potatoes, butter!

Organic yams, as many as you want
Cut in cubed chunks, skin and all

Fill pressure with water, a few inches over the potatoes
Bring to boil

Dump your yams
Lock pressure cooker lid
Bring to high pressure for a minute
Reduce pressure to strong medium..
10 minutes? Give or take a minute or two

Bring pressure down
Drain yams well
Stick colander on top of pressure cooker do while you dress your yams, the stuff dribbles thru…


Soy cream cheese…
Maple syrup (this is why you want to catch it cause it’s sweet and fabulous, glazing your potatoes exactly)
Let soak into your yams for a second
Dump in a glass bowl and whipped the hell out of them…

And, one hell of a soup!

Southwest Soup

2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 onion, chopped,
1 lb. free range or organic bone and a skinless chicken breast – cut into 1 inch pieces
1 large can whole tomatoes – chop em
2 cans free range chicken stock – 32 oz.
1 small can of whole chilies, chopped
½ cup salsa, you choose how hot
1tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
Toss in your favorite garlic/herb seasonings and adjust

Chopped fresh green onions
Small hand full – fresh cilantro, chopped
½ cup grated non dairy cheddar cheese
½ cup non dairy sour cream

Add a dash of olive oil in a soup pot, cook garlic and onion until limp.
Add all remaining ingredients (except the toppings) and simmer for about 15 minutes.
Sprinkle soup with toppings and serve with a few crunchy corn tortillas

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Susan Powter

Susan Powter (born 22 December 1957) is an Australian-born American motivational speaker, nutritionist, personal trainer, and author, who rose to fame in the 1990s with her catchphrase "Stop the Insanity!", the centerpiece of her weight-loss infomercial. She hosted her own talk show The Susan Powter Show in the 1990s.

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