Personal Notes: Happy Holidays to all – enjoy the season for
what it is – a time to connect with people and/or a religious
celebration. One of my favorite ways to do this is to send holiday
cards. This is a way to stay connected
to people that you don’t have the time to see or communicate with
during the year. The key is really to
stay sane during the season – my holiday tele- series will go along way
to accomplishing that.
month’s featured recipe below is one of my favorites. I was never a big chocolate fan as I was
allergic to it as a child and I did not grow up eating it. For years as an adult, I always wondered what
the big deal was about chocolate. That
was until nutrition school when we discussed DARK chocolate. Now I TOTALLY get it – and love it!
had a great time collecting gift ideas that will help you “Make an Unfrazzled Choice This Holiday”
my passion is helping people stay in balance, and since weight loss is always
a focus at the first of the New Year, I’ve created an exciting new
tele-program for January – Just
In TIME – Healthy Weight Loss of the New Year. I hope you choose to join me. The details are below.
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Recipe – Chocolate Tofu Mousse read
Article – Interesting, Non Frazzling Gift Ideas read
Events – JUST IN TIME – Healthy Weight Loss of the New
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Chocolate – People love it but often
feel guilty when they indulge.
It’s true, it does have many redeeming qualities:
- obviously, it tastes good and
gives us pleasure to eat it. Both
- some experts claim it releases
brain functions similar to being in love
- it gives us energy - from the sugar and caffeine
- historically it has been
considered an aphrodisiac
- it contains phenols that counter
artery-clogging plaque and lowers blood pressure
- additionally, it contains
antioxidants., which as you probably know has been shown to help fight cancer
purchasing chocolate – the higher the QUALITY the better, also the
lower the sugar content the better. Dark chocolate is a better choice as it
is less diluted with sugar and milk; as such you are getting to REAL
chocolate with less. So, enjoy it
guilt free - in moderation of course!
Tofu Mousse Serves 4 - 6
be a nice addition to the holiday table – even folks that swear they
hate tofu love this one! And, it could
not be easier.
1 lb silken tofu
10 oz chocolate chips, preferably dark chocolate, grain
gently in double boiler. Blend tofu in
blender or food processor until smooth.
Add melted chocolate and swirl together. Refrigerate until cool and set.
Options: You can add vanilla, cinnamon or even
peanut butter! If you like a sweeter
dessert, you can add a little maple syrup, agave nectar or stevia. I personally like it a little bitter.
Note: silken tofu is a special
form of tofu – it is lighter and smoother. It lends itself to puddings and smoothies
Unfrazzling Gift Ideas
By Brenda Jaeck
We don’t HAVE to be crazy running, running during
the holidays. We CAN maintain balance
throughout the season. We CAN savor
some time for ourselves. We
DON’T have to be in debt at the end of the year as a result of holiday
gift buying. Below are a few tips to accomplish these goals.
Give some thought to whether or not you even REALLY need
to buy a gift for a certain someone. I
am certainly not suggesting you become Scourge but perhaps another
“whatever” is not what the person needs or even wants. Last year, a dear friend emailed me and two
other good friends and suggested instead of buying each other gifts we find a
mutual time to get together in January and have a really nice dinner and
catch up. This had so much more value
than bath salts or some such thing.
You can do the same thing. The
point being, look for something personally meaningful – it does not
have to be a purchased gift.
Give of yourself- how about giving yourself for baby
sitting, closet organizing, cooking a meal for someone, or doing maintenance
if you are a Mr. or Ms Fixit type? Or,
create a hand-made gift.
Give an experiential gift – how about a cooking
class, a yoga class, a language class, a wine tasting class or an underwater
basket weaving class? It’s a
gift that keeps on giving long after the holiday.
A gift that helps others along the way – here are
some interesting sites I’ve found in my search:
– fair trade – ethically sourced gifts, housewares and
www.greatgreengoods.com or www.greenpages.org – recycled,
organic, fair trade and other environmentally friendly items
A gift of a donation to a cause you or the recipient believes in
– here are some inspiring ones:
www.heifer.org – nonprofit
agriculture to alleviate hunger and poverty in needy countries
www.peta.org – people for the ethical treatment of animals
– says is all – doesn’t it?
benefits a range of sources – African rain forest conservation to
reading classes for Afghan girls
backs the development of healthy eating around the world
Give the gift of
health -- Holiday shopping with ease –
what about a Seeds To Change gift
certificate? – you can purchase them in any denomination
– for an initial consultation, individual or group programs,
telelclasses or audio CD’s.
do these suggestions help us to stay in balance? All of them can be found on the web –
let your computer do the searching instead of running around like a mad
person. And, the gifts are unique, thoughtful and in many cases are helping
others along the way. Karma WILL kick
in. If you do something nice for
someone - the world will return the favor (not that that is why we do nice things
for others). If we can maintain some
semblance of order during the holidays – perhaps food choices can be
more balanced as well. See, there WAS
a method to my round about way J
May your holidays be filled will peace and love – and of course balance
and healthy choices!
healthy holiday tips see my newsletter achieves for past December issues: http://www.seedstochange.com/resources.asp#viewnewsletters
additional help with remaining Un frazzled during the holidays? Join
me for my healthy holiday’s teleclass series. There are two remaining classes left
– click here for more information: http://www.seedstochange.com/category.asp?grp=3
Tele Program - Learn some tips and strategies without even
leaving your home or office.
JUST IN TIME --
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A Four-Week Group Tele-Program to jump start your goals
– it CAN happen!
Do you have a New
Year’s Resolution to lose weight?
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Get a jump start on your New Year’s Resolution. Join my dynamic
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Get to Balance – Start the new year of right!
Are your health concerns impeding
you from living life fully? Do you want to change your relationship with food
from the inside out? Are you seeking deep seeded balance and wellness?
eagerly welcome the opportunity to work with you on a personal level. We can work together privately to create a
customized life-long plan for you AND create the steps to incorporate those
changes into your existing routines.
counseling services I can help you create and maintain balance in your life
by using nutrition as a focus and a tool. To do this I look at your
entire lifestyle to achieve maximum health. This is accomplished
through education and private consultations where an individualized program
is developed for you. These consultations include evaluating your
current diet and overall lifestyle and then making easily implemented,
gradual changes. Additionally, you’ll receive outside information
in the form of articles, books, tapes and recipes. Also included are
additional monthly forms of education and participation -- activities like
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functions and other activities. My practice is telephone based, allowing
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To schedule an initial consultation
contact me today at Brenda@SeedsToChange.com
or (917) 213-9305.
starting today, you will; Create action
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One of my
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entertaining, motivating speaker on how to get healthier? If so, please let me know the name and
contact information of your program coordinator so that I may send them an
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WEEKLY RADIO SHOW HOSTED
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Internet. For details go the website www.tribecaradio.net – click on
programming and look for the show called “Seeds To Change.” Each week we’ll cover a different
nutrition/health topic, sometimes including guests. December’s topics include: Water,
Healthy Holidays, Eating With the Seasons, Ways We Can Help the
Environment. Tune in Tuesdays,
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Quote of the Month
The past is history...
The future is a mystery...
Today is a gift...
That's why they call it the present. – A popular saying – I know
this is not new – but we do sometimes need reminding
forward this newsletter to anyone and everyone that would benefit from
Nutritional and Lifestyle Advice. Enjoy and thanks for reading.
you grow a happy, healthy life