Personal Notes: Happy New Year! Hope you enjoyed the holiday season and are
ready to start 2008 off with a bang! I
know I am. – I am rested from my excursion down south. I went on a four week long journey. I drove to Florida – stopping many places along
the way down and back. I visited
friends, colleagues and my former yoga teacher. And, I had a fair amount of time to self
reflect (always a good thing to do this time of year!).
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Recipe – Curried Vegetable Lentil Soup read
Article – Beat the Winter Blahs read
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Soup is a great food for so many reasons:
– this time of year hot food is likely appreciated, with soup being
liquid it seems especially satisfying.
– soup is a GREAT way to “sneak” more servings of veggies
into the diet. Even non-vegetable
eaters will unknowingly consume veggies when in a soup.
calorie and filling – Soup is a great way to start
a meal. It will fill you up and keep the portion sizes on more calorie dense
food down. Also, given the nature of
soup it takes longer to eat – it’s hard to eat soup fast.
This is a GREAT cold weather soup
– it’s even better the next day.
I often make it when the refrigerator needs to be thinned out –
I add whatever veggies are hanging around.
And, I almost always include a green like kale.
Curried Vegetable and Lentil Soup
Olive oil 2 Tbsp.
minced 3 Tbsp.
chopped 1 cup
chopped 1 cup
chopped 1 cup
Tbsp. as preferred
Lentils 1 cup
broth 1 quart
Milk 1 can
Tomatoes, fresh 1 can (28 oz.
Fresh Yams or 1-2 large
Smith Apple, diced 1-2
chopped 1 / 2 cup
chopped 1 / 2 cup
garlic, onions, celery and carrots in olive oil until translucent. Add Curry
powder and cook 1-2 more minutes to release curry flavor and essence. Add
lentils, broth and coconut milk. Simmer for 30 minutes; add tomatoes and yams
simmer 30 minutes or so until yams are tender. Add apple, parsley, cilantro
and seasoning to taste, cook ten more minutes.
After the lentils are cooked you may need to add more water when adding the
yams if the lentils have absorbed most of the liquid.
From my friend Daryl – a
wonderful cook and food educator.
the Winter Blahs
Jaeck – Inspired by an article in Health Magazine Jan/Feb 2004 by
Simple strategies to keep your energy
levels soaring all season long.
The holidays are over and the reality
of the long winter ahead has set in.
Even if you don’t live in a climate where cold or snow is an
issue you can still be affected by the change of season – colder temperatures
and shorter days. Getting up in the
morning is difficult at best, your energy sags in the afternoon and by the
end of the day you can just make it home to dinner before crashing. A large percentage of the population
notices some seasonal mood changes.
Women are more likely to notice a difference – some think this
is due to hormonal fluctuations already occurring in women’s bodies.
So, short of hibernating or moving
down-under for the winter what can you do?
Here are some ideas:
Get some light
a break in the middle of the day to get outside – especially if
you commute to and from work in non-daylight hours.
sure you have a sufficient amount of lamps and/or other lights in the
rooms where you spend a lot of time.
Take into account the lower level of light coming in from the
near a window whenever you can: at home, at work (can you move your
desk?), in meetings, in transport, at lunch
rainbows – buy a crystal or prism of some sort
Energize your space
your space – to liven it up a bit
earthy touches – expose more wood floor, add indoor plants or
flowers. Getting in touch with
nature is another way to garner energy.
color with affordable accessories – pillows, scarves, sheets,
candles at dinner -- it brings in
another force of nature
your house – why be dragged further down by clutter?
the air – try an air ionizer
with a different room temperature – either cooler or warmer
a way to get exercise in – either outside or in the gym or even
walking in the mall!
a new winter sport – snowshoeing or ice skating are particularly
instead of driving somewhere close
with a new exercise class or even a new exercise DVD
– notice how you breathe – are you inhaling and exhaling as
effectively as possible. Taking
more oxygen in can energize you as well.
some sleep – maybe you DO just need more sleep
Last, but certainly not least in my
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