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December 2006

Seeds To Change Newsletter

 

 

December 2006


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.  

 

This 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! 

 

I had a great time collecting gift ideas that will help you “Make an Unfrazzled Choice This Holiday

 

Because 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.

 

In This Issue

Nutrition Tip – Chocolate read more...
Featured Recipe – Chocolate Tofu Mousse
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Featured Article – Interesting, Non Frazzling Gift Ideas
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Upcoming Events – JUST IN TIME – Healthy Weight Loss of the New Year 
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Get to Balance
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Looking for a Speaker? read more...
New at Seeds To Change read more...
Quote of the Month read more...

 

Nutrition Tip

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 good traits
  • 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

 

Hint, when 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!

  

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Featured Recipe

Chocolate Tofu Mousse   Serves 4 - 6

This could 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 sweetened

 

Melt chocolate 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 nicely.

  

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Featured Article

Interesting, 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:

                        www.world-of-good.com – fair trade – ethically sourced gifts, housewares and accessories

                        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?

                        www.abchomeandpalent.org – benefits a range of sources – African rain forest conservation to reading classes for Afghan girls

                        www.smallplanetfund.org – 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.

 

How 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!

For additional healthy holiday tips see my newsletter achieves for past December issues: http://www.seedstochange.com/resources.asp#viewnewsletters

 

 

Need some 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

 

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Upcoming Events

Tele Program  -  Learn some tips and strategies without even leaving your home or office.

 

JUST IN TIME --  Healthy Weight Loss for the New Year

 

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?  Are you tired of having the SAME resolution year after year?  Do you want to achieve it THIS year? Would you like to eat healthy, have some fun and FINALLY get a handle out your weight?

 

Get a jump start on your New Year’s Resolution. Join my dynamic four-week teleclass on HEALTHY WEIGHT LOSS beginning January 15th.

 

For more information see:  http://www.seedstochange.com/classes.asp#81

 

Register before Jan 1 and receive a free gift of a recipe booklet of healthy and portable snacks. (hint – they are a key to weight loss)

 

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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?

 

I would 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.

 

Through my 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 cooking coaching, health food store shopping hints, light exercising functions and other activities. My practice is telephone based, allowing for maximum flexibility and ease. To learn more to go http://www.seedstochange.com/programs.asp.

 

To schedule an initial consultation contact me today at Brenda@SeedsToChange.com or (917) 213-9305. 

 

By starting today, you will; Create action NOW

 

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Looking for a speaker?

One of my greatest joys is speaking to groups.  It is always a dynamic exchange and we all come away enriched.  Would your company or group benefit from an 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 informational packet.  I would love the opportunity to serve your favorite group.

 

 

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New at Seeds To Change

PERFECT FOR YOUR CAR LIBRARY OR A HEALTHFUL HOLIDAY GIFT. Informative CD’s - You can lean about anything from Sugar to How to Eat Out Healthily in my new series of nutrition and lifestyle lectures on CD. Other topics include: Fasting and Cleansing, Eat for Balance and Energy, Healthy Weight Loss, Your Nutrition Questions Answered, Get out of Your Head: How To Stop the Chatter, and an Introduction to Meditation.  A new, timely title – just introduced  -- HEALTHY HOLIDAYS.   They are informative, interesting and even a little entertaining!  To order go to www.SeedstoChange.com/market.asp

 

 

WEBSITE: Check out my new website.  It is chock-full information and resources. www.SeedsToChange.com

 

 

WEEKLY RADIO SHOW HOSTED BY ME!   On tribecaradio.net.  It’s an hour long show on the 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, Thursday and Saturdays at 5 PM and 1 AM and Fridays at noon (EST). Any ideas for shows are welcome – just email brenda@seedstochange.com.  IF you are interested in  being a guest – contact me about that too?

 

GIFT CERTIFICATES: Looking for a unique and easy gift?  How about a Seeds To Change Gift Certificate – available in any denomination – give the gift of health – to yourself or someone you care about.

 

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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

 

Please forward this newsletter to anyone and everyone that would benefit from Nutritional and Lifestyle Advice. Enjoy and thanks for reading.

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