Healthy Spicy Life
September/October 2012
Kim Stetz
hay bales
Hay Bales in Argyle, NY
"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world."     ~ Shakyamuni Buddha

Sometimes I feel ageless and timeless. I'm 16 as much as I am 90. Somewhere in the middle of that is my chronological age of 43 soon to celebrate 44. Will I experience this so called midlife crisis that people my age experience? I haven't noticed so much of a crisis happening, but more like realizations that can either really bum me out or carry me through the rough patches. There will always be rough patches or how else could I recognize smooth sailing? I am actively taking steps into uncharted territory and it's quite scary. Where these actions will take me, I don't know. All I can really be is right here. Where else is there?

For the first time ever, my mother and I are taking a vacation together just the two of us. We planned a trip to Dublin, Ireland, about five months ago, and the day of departure is just around the corner. I like to have something special planned for my birthday whether it's a retreat or a meal with friends, having spent one birthday alone when I turned 26 I vowed never to let that happen again. I spend a lot of time alone, but if I can help it, it won't be on my birthday. Birthday's alone just aren't fun. Period. In fact on my birthday, I tell everyone I see, it's my birthday! And they all smile and wish me a good day. I love it! Rest assured I will be celebrating with a Guinness somewhere in Ireland with my mom along with O'Connells, McGaws, Burkes, Fallons and Flynns! Woo-hoo! Happy birthday all you fellow Librans out there! We tend to have many other Librans for friends.

After booking the trip, I haven't really thought about it much. I don't anticipate problems, I imagine all that is meant to happen will. This is not my mother's way. I suspect we will learn much from each other and about each other. This is my mother's first time traveling to Europe and I thought Ireland a good choice because she is Catholic, they speak a version of the Queen's tongue and the Irish are friendly fun loving people not to mention the landscape will leave one's gob open and voice quiet. I'm excited to take it all in, the music, countryside, rainy days, navigating the roads, even the food! I've been warned. (I'm bringing Greens + Bars and powder packets).

I reached a milestone as far as getting Savasana Station, an urban retreat center, out of my mind and into the world. The business proposal is finished and I've been reaching out working on the next step - investors and/or partnership. If anyone is interested in seeing the proposal or making connections please ask.
 I thank students, teachers, clients and friends who continue to learn and evolve through our experiences together and apart. There's so much more to health than food and exercise, but nutrition and mindful movement like yoga are great places to start. Healthy beings learn to love themselves and let go that which doesn't serve. Contact me if you want help with making positive changes that will work for you.

Here to serve, Kim
 Stardust: Spiritual Words from a Rock-N-Roll Addict

Holed up in my apartment working on a memoir lots of "stuff" is coming up. No doubt writing is therapeutic as much as it is a discipline. Sneak preview ...

whiskey girl
Whiskey Girl 1992

 Part 1: Whiskey Girl 1991- 1993 

I'm 23 living in NYC, running with a fast crowd, bartending at the hottest bar, The Whiskey, at the Paramount Hotel. I started working here a few months after they opened. The opening of any new restaurant or bar in NYC is always a disaster especially when the wait staff is hired based on being a model and not really trained to serve customers at a high volume, though they look great in the uniform; grey Capezio cat suits. Smart businessmen the owners are starting off with models, then three months after opening, quickly replacing the bartending and waitressing positions with actors. Now we're having a good time. One of my bosses, Paul Montana is close to my age and married to Sports Illustrated cover model Ashley Richardson while my other boss, Rande Gerber, in his late 20s, is dating "Kate". We all know Kate is code for Cindy Crawford, but have to pretend otherwise to keep things private. The Whiskey isn't a nightclub. It is a very small upscale bar, in a boutique hotel, Paramount Hotel, owned by Ian Schrager which opened about a year before The Whiskey set up shop into the southwestern nook of the hotel as an entity all to her own. To my knowledge, Schrager was forbidden a liquor license and that's how The Whiskey got in.


Some nights get really wild. When Paul is in he likes to party and party with the staff. Someone always ends up dancing on the bar on one of those nights. The low ceilings make it extra tricky to really express your self, but somehow the girls manage. I believe it's called liquid courage. Rande wears the pants in the business keeping all us chickens in line. He does a really good job as far as having a vision, mood, and creating ambience. The music has to be just so, Clapton, Led Zep, The Stones, classic rock and currently we can't play enough of Nirvana or Pearl Jam's CD "Ten". We even had the band members of Pearl Jam come into our tiny little bar during their "Ten" tour. Rande has fantastic taste in music. The music is a saving grace for me, a  self proclaimed rocker chick. I would shoot myself if I had to listen to techno all night. Working 12 to 14 hour shifts you'd better like the music. It's a long night if you're standing there being a bitch.



Now that you have taken your seat, check in with your mind. Ask yourself how you are doing in the present moment. Try not to dig too deeply here. You are seeing what the flavor of your mind feels like and leave it at that eg: I am tired, excited, anxious, OK, etc. Spend a few breaths with the flavor of the mind. Let that go and begin the contemplative practice of gratitude. Spend a couple of minutes with each suggested contemplation.  


A delicious smoothie full of essential minerals and vitamins. 

Peach Pie:
muscles and smoothie
8 oz Almond milk
1 Tbsp Chia seed
1 Frozen banana
Frozen or ripe slices of peach
2 dashes of cinnamon
2 dashes of nutmeg

Chia seed is a super food.
Super foods are minimally processed foods loaded with vitamins, minerals, high in fiber, low in calories and unhealthy substances like refined sugar and saturated fats.
1 Tbsp of Chia seed provides 3 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber (sets you free :-), 60 mg potassium, Calcium, Mg, and Iron. You also get a low dose of healthy fat calories 2.5 grams of polyunsaturated fat provided by Omega-3 an essential fatty acid. It's brain food! Vital for regulating metabolism.

Almond milk provides Vitamins E, A, D, Calcium, Iron, small amount of fiber, sodium, potassium. I buy the unsweetened organic almond milk so there's less than 1 gram of sugar.

Potassium and Manganese in the chia seed are great for your muscles to help prevent cramping.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!!! Water, water, water !!!



Author Bio



Kim Stetz is an Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT), meditation teacher and a Certified Health Coach (AADP). Her dedication to health and wellness comes from her passion for yoga and nutritious food. From the very first time she stepped on a yoga mat in 1992, she knew her life was about to take the path less traveled. Kim has yoga certifications from OM Yoga NYC, Yoga For Two The Barnes Method, Relax and Renew Judith Hansen Lasater, and Anatomy Studies For
Yoga Teachers with Jason R. Brown. Kim is also a  graduate of The Interdependence Project's Meditation Teacher Training and Buddhist Studies programs and a registered Holistic Health Coach granted by The Institute of Integrative Nutrition. For services please visit my website.

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