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January Newsletter

When I taught full time and then went home to the demands of my four kids…5 minutes peace – alone time — was all that I wanted – and didn’t think it would ever happen.

Now, I crave human contact.  Building a business that’s not “brick and mortar” can be lonely.

I love my coaching clients (I honestly do – you guys are the best!), speaking with them is often the highlight of my day. As comforting as reaching out and touching someone via phone (or Skype, or Facetime, or Zoom is), as the song goes – “Ain’t nothin’ like the real thing baby!”

As I sat behind my computer in my little home – cough, cough – “office” last Friday, I was reminded once again of the importance of community and the need for human contact. Trying to get the week’s work tied up in a bow and schedule out this week, I realized that I hadn’t seen anyone (except my husband) all day. Don’t get me wrong – he’s great; but has no idea what I do – he just doesn’t “get it”.

So, I did what I usually do when feeling lonely.  Gathered friends and family together for company, conversation, food and libations. You see, I have a need to feed and cooking is my zen. It’s a great combination. Good times are had by all – there’s lots of fun and warm fuzzies.

My tip to you is “Don’t try to go it alone”. Fill your need with people and activities that make you feel good.

My New Favorite SuperFood
Beets

As a kid, I did not like beets. I didn’t eat them as an adult either. Oh, maybe if they were diced really small and thrown in a salad I would have a taste or two.  It’s funny how you hold on to those thoughts that don’t serve you. Read more…Anyway, I recently discovered a couple of recipes (three, to be exact – want them? Click here and type “beets” in the subject line) that I actually like so I’ve added them to my repertoire.

As I study and read more about nutrition and food, I can’t believe I’ve left them out of my diet for so long. Why?

Here are just a few reasons:

~Beets are rich in immune-boosting nutrients (vitamin c), minerals (potassium and manganese),  vitamins (B folate) and are high in fiber.
~ Beets (especially beet juice) have naturally occurring nitrates that help lower blood pressure in a matter of hours.
~They contain a nutrient called betaine, which is known to help fight inflammation, among other things like protecting internal organs.
~Beets have been traditionally used to help purify the blood and detox the liver.
~They can boost your stamina. One study showed that drinking beet juice before a workout were able to exercise 16%  longer.
~There is no waste. Beet greens are chock-full of good stuff- magnesium, Vitamins B6, C, A, iron, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium – chop ‘em up and put them in salads, soups, or sauté with a little garlic.

Spotlight on
Oils

OnGuard® Protective Blend

There seems to be some nasty somethins’ going around and, thankfully, so far, I’ve avoided all of them. I like to think it’s at least in part due to this little bottle of heaven and slather over the soles of my feet first thing every morning and last thing every night.

This popular little bottle is  one of doTerra’s most popular essential oils. It contains a proprietary blend of Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark/Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils.

It’s warm, spicy, woody aroma protects against environmental and seasonal threats, making it an effective natural alternative for immune support.
Tip: I also combine a few drops of it with fractionated coconut oil as a natural hand cleaner.  (Doesn’t strip away the good bacteria like hand sanitizers.)
For more information on essential oils click here.

Recipe Corner

As much as I love a smoothie – the ease of preparation, the grab and go convenience, the way it fills me up of – I need something to warm my belly and my bones when the weather turns cold. Here’s my solution:

Hot Peppermint Cacao
(SERVES 1)

1 ½ cups coconut milk
1 tablespoon raw cacao
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup spinach
½ avocado
1 drop peppermint essential oil or 3 leaves fresh mint
1 teaspoon flax meal
1 tablespoon raw cacao nibs (garnish)
Heat the coconut milk to just below boiling. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend with an immersion blender. Pour into a cup and garnish with cacao nibs.

Use extreme caution when blending hot liquids.

 

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