This is the time of the year that change seems so
possible. For many of us change is going to be absolutely
necessary, especially coming off a 5-week dessert binge. And
we better get after it, because football parties and Valentine’s day are right
around the corner!
On the brighter side, every day is a new day, and a
chance to commit or recommit to a healthy new regime. Exercise, drinking more
water, eating more vegetables, Eating less sugar.
Goals or changes can be broken down into two basic types. There is the
“get to” and “have to”. “Get to” are more like increasing a habit you really
like. If you like to exercise, adding an extra workout is not a big deal,
because you like to exercise. The “have to” goals are when you add exercise, and
you rarely, or never, use your treadmill, rowing machine, or gym
membership. The “have to” changes are the hardest to start and maintain, but
more than likely they are the most important thing you need to work on!
This comes down to will power. There appears to be a 15-minute reserve
of will power. It is not a muscle that you can build up, and that is why
it is important to tackle any new “have to” goals one or two at a time. If you
add exercise, drinking more water, drinking less sugary drinks, and eating more
vegetables to your regime you will definitely be healthier and in relatively short time to boot.
Sadly, that will probably give your healthy goals the boot all to soon too.
If the aforementioned goals were
in the “get to” category, we wouldn’t be having this conversation, would we
(wink)? We admire people who can train like no tomorrow or are not tempted by
dessert, but that doesn’t mean they have more will power, that
just means that those areas aren’t triggers. Rest assured, they, too, have
their own “have to” goals that are extremely hard for them, they just don’t
happen to be the “coveted” exercise or diet related ones.
The long and the short of all of this is, we all have areas of our
lives that need improvement, and most of us have a pretty good idea what areas
I would like to encourage you to pick one, two at the most, lifestyle
change. Lifestyle changes fall into the “have to” category and they are going
to require you to say “no” to something and when you say “no” it will drain
your will power reserves. The beautiful thing is that once you start to win at
that “have to” goal it becomes easier with time and requires less and less of
your will power. YEAH! And then you can apply the same technique to another
Embrace change and get after that first goal, you know exactly which
one to tackle first!
Finely dice the onion into small cubes and chop the garlic into small pieces
and put it in a saucepan with a tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil. Turn the
heat on medium high (5-6) and sauté the onions and garlic for about 10 minutes,
stirring all the time.
Meanwhile, cut the broccolini into small
pieces, and peel the potato and cut it in small pieces too. The smaller they
are, the faster they’ll cook.
After cooking the onions for 10 minutes,
add the broccoli, potatoes, onion powder, garlic powder, dried thyme, oregano,
basil, dill, ginger, pepper and red pepper flakes. Stir and cook for 2 minutes,
then add the water, almond milk, wine, extra virgin olive oil and salt.
Stir and cook for about 2 more minutes.
Turn the heat down a notch (4-5) and put
the lid on and let it simmer for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, chop up the green
onion into small pieces and a minute before you turn the heat off, add the green
onions and stir.
Put everything in a high speed blender and
blend until it becomes a thick soup. Add a pinch of herbs (dried oregano,
thyme, basil) as garnish and serve with roasted broccolini.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Drizzle the olive oil over the broccolini
in a small bowl, then add the onion powder, garlic powder, salt and ground
Massage all the spices and oil thoroughly
into the broccolini until everything is evenly coated.
in the oven for about 8-10 minutes (may take longer if your oven hasn’t been
properly heated up yet).
This season has been nothing short of a blur. I spent
some time rereading some older newsletters. It is like strolling down memory
lane. We have been producing this newsletter with a few modifications at best
for over two decades. Some of you even have the physical newsletters stored in
binders for that long, too.
know this is true because I ran into a customer the other day and she has been
saving them. It serves as reminder to the importance of the written word and
fun recipes! I write because I like to write. I love to share – share hope and
goodwill to all. I love the message of Christmas and, in some ways, I try to
carry the message of hope and goodwill to all throughout the year. For me,
every season is a reason to celebrate and make the world a better place.
Christmas is an especially amazing season, and so much good is generated.
about Giving Tuesday or the myriad of choices to bless those around the globe
with clean water, a farm animal, vegetable seeds, health care, education, or a
micro loan, etc. We can extend good through our local food banks or serving at
shelters for humans or for animals. Each of us has a unique spot to serve those
around us and, quite literally, only you know what will impact those in your
sphere of influence.
last week, someone in our office asked us to participate in loading up a good
size Rosemary plant with gift cards for cancer patients. Her thoughtfulness
generated over $900 dollars of gift cards for the patients and their families
to forget the moment and enjoy a moment. Or another person who orders extra
produce to cook up and deliver an extra meal to an inbound friend. The ideas to
extend hope and goodwill are limitless.
I see and/or am able to participate even in the smallest acts of kindness, it
reminds me that Christmas is meant to be experienced throughout the year-
extending hope and goodwill to all.
you have a moment, please share an act of kindness that you experienced,
participated in, or witnessed. It might be the seed that inspires/encourages
another to extend hope and goodwill in a similar way to those in their sphere
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our family to yours.
¼ cup creamy soy
preparation for cooking (optional)
2 green onions,
the vegetables: Chop the leek, garlic, and cabbage.
the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the leek and garlic, then sauté 3-4
min until softened. Grate the ginger and add it to the pan. Stir in
the curry and cook 1 min with stirring. Lower to heat, then add the
cabbage and cook 10 min with occasional stirring.
in the broth, bring it to a boil, cover and simmer until the
cabbage is fully cooked, about 15 min. Add salt and pepper to taste.
the pan off the heat, let it cool down a few minutes then purée the soup in
a blender or food processor. Adjust the seasoning, then
ladle the soup into bowls. Garnish with soy preparation and chopped scallions,
then serve (warm or at room temperature).