How do YOU Want to Learn?

How do YOU Want to Learn?

Hopefully I’ve convinced you to learn something new this Fall – that it can be fun and improve your life.  What’s great about our lifestyles today is that we don’t neccesarily have to go to a physical building to learn something new.  For people who weren’t fans of traditional schools this can be a lifesaver. There are so many different ways we can learn – truly something for everyone. It can also be really fun to learn with others.  Got some girlfriends who are up for fun?  Why don’t you get together and take a cooking or painting class?  Or create a book club or wine tasting club?  There are dozens of fun ideas for learning with friends. Maybe you feel the need to spend more quality times with your kids (hello working mom guilt!!!).  Find out what they are interested in and research that topic – check out books from the library or attend an event or museum together to learn more. Date night fallen by the wayside?  Learning something new as a couple would be a fantastic way to spend quality time together, have something fun to talk about and plan, and it would ensure you get out regularly. Might be that travel and learning combined would get you excited.  All you need to do is type in your topic and the world travel or tourism and see what you find.  I’ve seen trips for cooking, history and even some our local zoo offers around animal or ecotourism education.  Fun stuff! Of course there is also the good old traditional school.  Most colleges and universities offer adult...
Eating to Reduce Stress

Eating to Reduce Stress

If you are a busy working mom, I bet you are often stressed.  If you have kids that are super busy in sports and school like mine are, I KNOW you have stressful days every week.  Am I right? As I mentioned in this week’s Facebook Live Monthly Introduction, in addition to sharing how I use the essential oil Lavender, I will be sharing all kinds of stress relief tips and tricks this month.  Lavender is our oil of the month and so stress relief is the perfect complimentary wellness topic to dive into. When life feels stressful, often the first thing many of reach for is sugar and coffee.  Although they may taste and feel good in the moment, in the long run they aren’t going to help you relieve stress at all,  in fact, they will probably make you feel worse.  Sugar and caffeine release “feel good” chemicals in your brain (serotonin, endorphins and dopamine for you scientific types).  Thanks to this, the positive feelings are real and you do feel better, but unfortunately, that happy high quickly turns to a drop in your moods and you feel tired and perhaps even worse. So what should you eat instead? Leafy greens.  Spinach is an easy source and contains magnesium which can help activate B vitamins – B vitamins give us energy.  Popeye knew what he was talking about! Red peppers.  These slightly sweet veggies can help curb sweet cravings while boosting our Vitamin C levels. Salmon.  Salmon is an excellent source of Omega-3’s.  There is research that shows that cultures that eat foods with high levels of Omega-3’s have lower...
Make ANY Recipe Healthier

Make ANY Recipe Healthier

I have to admit that I love cookbooks – I have way too many and I’ve been known to read them like novels . . . am I the only crazy one out there?  I sure hope not!!!   I also have to admit I’m not very good at following recipes – I tend to estimate versus measure and I’m always substituting, adding extra ingredients, etc.  One thing I will often do is change things up a bit to make a recipe a little bit healthier.  If I find something that looks delicious, I always think about what I could change to add nutrition, remove fat and calories or boost flavor.  Then I mark up my cookbook pages with the changes. Interested in learning how to do that?  It takes a little practice to figure out what works and doesn’t work, but here is the basic process: Example – How to make a recipe healthier: 1.  Find a recipe.  For this example I’m going to use the Parmesan Chicken recipe from The Barefoot Contessa Family Style Cookbook.  It’s actually a pretty decent (health-wise) recipe, but we’ll bump it up a bit! Original recipe – see picture (like the star on the page?  That’s how I know it was a winner for my family): My version: Parmesan Chicken Serves 6 6 boneless, skinless organic chicken breasts 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour 1/2  t. sea salt (Real Salt is my favorite brand) 1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper 1 extra-large organic, pasture-raised egg 1 cup dry bread crumbs (here you can really bump up the nutrition and cut down the cost...

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