That's Forkin' Amazing
"No matter how fast or how long you run, you'll never find a sunset by heading east." - Anthony RobbinsJANUARY 2011   
Breaking News!

Chocolate Jalapeno Poppers "Uncut"
Looking in the rear view mirror at the past year, I have to say a highlight for me was being named 2010's "Hot Raw Chef." Part of the reason I won was because you voted for me when the competition was launched last summer (thank you!). The winning video was 5 minutes in length: but the original (uncut) version wasin my opinionbetter. View it and drop me a note to let me know what you think! Happy New year.


A New Year, A New Resolve
It's that time of year... a clean slate, a time to begin again

OK, be honest: How many times have you madeand brokena new year's resolution to be healthier or to lose weight? There are a number of reasons why resolutions, especially those dealing with changing your lifestyle, don't stick. Here are what may be the three most common ones:

Too many resolutions or they're too ambitious. If you decided in one fell swoop to give up caffeine and alcohol, become a vegetarian, drink juices and water every day and go to the gym six days a week for an hour when you had previously been a coffee-drinking, scotch-loving, meat-eating couch potato, your odds for success are not great. Consider tackling one or two issues or make gradual improvements in your choices to keep from saying "to hell with it all" when it gets a little challenging. Lasting change is achieved with consistency, and over time.

Not able to be measured. "To be healthier in 2011" isn't a good resolution because it is not quantifiable. How will you know when you arrive at your desired condition if you don't spell it out (it's the old "if you don't know where you're going, how will you know when you get there?") Maybe your aim is to improve your cholesterol: if so, pick a number to shoot for; then get your blood tested periodically to see how you're doing. If you want to work out more, give yourself a weekly target of hours exercise: you'll either make your goal or you won't and then you can adjust accordingly.

Not having support in place. You will have a much better chance for success if there are people in your life who will commit to helping you achieve your goals. This means cluing in your family, friends and possibly even some colleagues on what you're trying to achieve. (It doesn't help if you are trying to lose weight and your family is having fast food for dinner everyday, for example.) Also consider hiring a health coach or nutrition counselor. A relationship that is built around you and your individual goals may be just what you need to reach them. Find a coach who you feel you can identify with. Of course I invite you to consider me. A visit to my website will let you see my philosophy.

The little things can add up!
Being healthy means making smart choices. Even if you just adopt one or two changes, you're moving in the right direction. Consider the choices you make every day and commit to making small improvements. These ideas will get you started.

Choose: Instead of:
Organically grown produce, nuts and grains Commercially grown
Whole grains White grains
Cold pressed oils: flax, olive, sesame, hemp Refined oils
Dark and wild greens Iceberg lettuce
Wine (organic!) Beer and liquor
Dates, raisins, agave Sugar
Sun dried salts (or granulated sea vegetables) Iodized or processed salts
Dried fruits Candy
Coconut butter or flax oil Dairy butter
Fresh fruit and vegetable juices, coconut water Canned, bottled or carbonated beverages
Yams or sweet potatoes White potatoes
Homemade salad dressings (or just oil and vinegar) Processed salad dressings
Supportive people Critical or skeptical people
Creative activity Sitting in front of the TV

Promises, promises!
Quick: what's the number one New Year's resolution? If you answered "lose weight," you're absolutely correct. Just about everyone's list of things to "really, really do this year" includes something about shedding pounds or eating healthier. If you're looking for a healthy (not just fast) way to get back into your skinny jeans, you're at a fork in the road, and we can help. Email us at


The Fork in the Road calendar is constantly changing (new additions all the time!). For the latest, please visit our calendar AND also Des Moines Raw Food Meetup Group's page.

January 11
Eating Without Heating: An Intro to Raw Food
Tuesday, January 11, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Wheatsfield Co-op
413 Northwestern Avenue, Ames

January 12
Juices and Smoothies
Wednesday, January 12, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
R Studio
3988 NW Urbandale Drive, Urbandale

January 18
Dressings For Success
Tuesday, January 18, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Complete Wellness Chiropractic
3408 Woodland Avenue #510, West Des Moines

January 22
Women's Health Forum
This events is not sponsored by Fork in the Road, but we
are involved in their creation and invested in their success!

Saturday, January 22, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Second Reformed Church
612 Broadway, Pella, Iowa 
For info call (641) 842-5849 or visit

February 2
Healthier Dessert Options
Wednesday, February 2, 7:00 - 8:30p.m.
R Studio
3988 NW Urbandale Drive, Des Moines



Yield: 2 servings

2 small bunches dinosaur kale, stems removed
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup golden raisins, soaked 10 minutes, drained, and rinsed
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Stack two of the kale leaves with the stem end facing you. Fold in half lengthwise and roll tightly like a cigar. Slice crosswise into thin strips. Repeat with the remaining kale leaves. Chop the kale strips crosswise a few times, so they aren't too long.

Place the kale in a mixing bowl along with the olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. Toss well with your hands, working the dressing into the greens. Add the pine nuts and raisins and toss gently. Season to taste with black pepper. Stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator, Mediterranean Kale Salad will keep for three days. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Feel free to forward this newsletter (use the link in the footer of this email) to anyone who may be coming up to his or her own Fork in the Road! You may also reprint any tip on your website, newsletter or message board, just please include the following: Sheree Clark, Fork in the Road 2010,
Sheree ClarkSheree Clark is a holistic health and nutrition counselor. Through her private practice called Fork in the Road, Sheree helps empower individuals, families and corporate groups to get the most out of life by improving their health. She offers lectures, classes, hands-on workshops, coaching and consultations in Iowa and nationwide. She is a graduate of Living Light Culinary Institute and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. An inspiring author, presenter, teacher, motivator and raw vegan chef, Sheree has written and presented on topics ranging from raw food 101 to overcoming career burnout.

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