Personal Notes: Happy
New Year! New Year’s resolutions
are an age old tradition. What’s
mine? To get back to a regular yoga practice.
Mine has somehow gotten away from me. I have been a little frustrated
with myself. I emailed a yoga mentor
– Alana Kivala – a.k.a. the jiva diva www.jivadiva.com to ask for her advice – she said
– “when you are ready to give up the shenanigans you will –
just let it go. When you are ready it
WILL come back to you.” This
gave me comfort – not in a slacking way, but in an accepting way. I think I’m now ready –
I’ve slowly been drifting back to yoga and reconnecting with it –
instead of forcing myself.
Do you have a New Year’s
resolution? A popular one is weight
loss or betting eating habits. If this
is yours see the details on the weight loss teleprogram the starts Jan 15th..
On another note, let me just
say – I am not a huge winter fan!
How do I cope? – a few escapes to the west coast where
it’s warm and when in the cold eating lots of soup – they warm
you from the inside. See the recipe
– Lentils read more...
Recipe – Curried Red Lentil Soup read
Article – Healthy Dinging Out read
Events – JUST IN TIME – Healthy Weight Loss for the
New Year read
Balance read more...
Looking for a
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New at Seeds
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Quote of the
Month Taking control read more...
lentils are a legume and a wonderful protein source. They are milder on the digestive system
than beans (i.e. they don’t cause gas). They have a mild diuretic quality; they
assist the heart and circulatory systems.
They increase kidney vitality.
They also help to lower blood cholesterol and help to control insulin
and blood sugar levels and lower blood pressure. They help regulate colon function. Lentils are high in calcium, magnesium,
sodium, potassium, phosphorus, and vitamin A.
And, they taste good. I LOVE them!
This one will warm you two fold
– one, the temperature and two, the heat created by the spice.
Curried Red Lentil Soup
2 T olive
1 T curry
powder, or to taste
1 lb (2
1/3 cups) red lentils
1 1 / 2 t
1 t salt
1 / 4 t
chopped chives or scallion tops
pepper over an open flame or broil 4 inches from the heat, turning with tongs
until charred all over, about 10 minutes.
When the pepper is cool enough to handle, pull off the skin. Remove the stem, seeds and ribs. Cut the pepper into small dice.
medium pot, heat the oil over moderately low heat. Add the onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until
translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the
curry powder and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
the roasted pepper, the lentils, stock and tomato paste. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and summer 15 minutes. Add the salt and continue cooking until the
lentils are very tender, about 15 minutes longer.
half the soup to a food processor or blender and puree. Return the pureed soup to the pot and add
the black pepper. Heat and serve
topped with the chives (or scallions).
If the soup thickens too much on standing, stir in some water.
Soups and Stews - Food and Wine Books 1994.
Healthy Dining Out By
In an age
where the number of meals being eaten outside the home is ever increasing it
seems important to be able to so mindfully.
Eating mindfully is more than half the battle in creating or
maintaining a healthy eating plan.
Some helpful tips to eating out healthily include venue selection,
ordering, portion control and not being afraid to ask for what you want.
Venue When choosing a restaurant it is important
to keep all the participants in mind.
You want to make sure that all dietary and personal requests can be
honored. Also be aware of both healthy and unhealthy choices. You want to make sure that there will be
healthful menu choices as well as limited temptations to sabotage your efforts.
Bread Generally, the first thing that
happens after you sit down is the dreaded bread basket arrives. There is generally enough bread to feed at
least 2 – 3 times the number of guests at the table. To combat this you can either ask the
waitperson to NOT leave the bread at your table, or after each guest has one
piece ask to have the basket removed.
This way no one feels deprived of having bread, yet temptation is
The next step is ordering drinks.
Be mindful of how many calories are in before-dinner drinks –
switching to a sparkling mineral water or even a wine spritzer will save
calories that can better used for food.
Use your alcohol calories wisely!
Specials When the waiter
brings the menus always ask if there are any specials. Often we are diligent when reviewing the menu
and then it all “goes out the window” when the waiter comes to
take the orders and says “can I tell you about our specials
today.” Everything always sounds so good; we often forget to ask
Be Sally from When Harry Met Sally – She always asked for the sauce on the side. Don’t be afraid to make special
requests; including alternative ways of cooking or substituting extra
vegetables for another calorie dense option.
After all – you are paying for the meal; you may as well have it
the way that you want it.
To help with portion control you can ask the waitperson to put half of
your dinner in a “to go box” before he brings it to the
table. If this is not possible you can
cut the entrée in half and move it to one side of your plate – then
only eat one half. Most restaurant
portions are enough for two meals.
When is comes to dessert – split one with your dining
companion. This way you are not
deprived but are still saving calories.
out used to be reserved for special occasions – since it is now an
almost everyday occurrence – more diligence is needed.
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Year’s Resolution to lose weight?
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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
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Quote of the Month
Taking control of your body means taking control of your mind. And with that, beautiful things can
Runner and author Karen Bridson
The New Year is a PERFECT time
to focus on this. – How can you take control?
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