Here on the east coast, we have just weathered Irene - the hurricane/tropical storm that blew through and took down trees, pulled down electricity lines, flooded basements and made a general mess. Shops, restaurants and public transportation closed down and forced us to huddle in and take it real slow for a day or two. To be honest, I nearly missed the whole thing as I was inside painting through the whole thing (my place has not looked so good since I moved in 7 years ago!!) but the windows were opened and the winds of change were blowing through. I hope that in spite of lost electricity, unwanted water and downed trees, you and yours are all safe and well after whatever of the storm you may have encountered.
Even Mother Nature likes to clean up and make a fresh start sometimes. For me, more so than the start of the new year, fall is fresh start time for me. Things seem to be lining up to make this year's fresh start a spectacular one and I intend to take full advantage - taking my goals by the you-know-what and getting it done - all while having fun and enjoying the journey!
Care to join me?? I've got a full fall lineup designed to help you do the same - tap into your amazing-ness, get on track, feel great, and get a new perspective on your boundless potential!
Here's the rundown below...visit my site to get all the good details and sign up for what you like!
Nutrition & Wellness:
- September 14 & 21 - Nourish! @ American Provisions, South Boston, MA - Check out the fresh, local offerings at American Provisions and enjoy some local harvest samples cooked up by yours truly, complete with recipes.
- September 20 & 27, October 4 & 11 - Food Freedom: 4-week Kick-Start Series - a virtual group coaching series to kick-start your fall fresh start!
- November 1 - "Yes, You Can Eat That!" Supper Club, Eastern Standard, Boston, MA - The only one this Fall!
- November 4-6 - Relax, Restore & Receive Retreat Weekend in the Berkshires with Deven & Marissa, Frog Lotus Yoga, North Adams, MA - A truly restorative weekend of yoga, thai massage, therapeutic flying and food!
- September 10-11 - AcroYoga Weekend of FUN with Aaron & Marissa, Holyoke Power Yoga, Holyoke, MA
- AcroYoga Fundamentals with Kadri & Marissa
I'm here to support you in the journey to your health and wellness goals, from what feeds your body, to what feeds your mind and spirit - so if you are looking for that extra push to release that something that is holding you back, call (617-680-6597) or email to set up a complimentary consult and see how I can help!
"Patience is not passive; on the contrary, it is active; it is concentrated strength"
- Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
Ahhh...Patience, a virtue, a challenge, a peaceful moment to be in...what is it to you?
I'd be quick to tell you I've got none. People close to me have disagreed on occasion. I suppose like many things, it is not a definite - and I'm patient in some instance and not in others.
Lately the idea of patience has surfaced again and again in my path - in articles, newsletters and blog posts of colleagues and teachers, and in the process of daily actions and interactions.
This article started me thinking about patience in a new way - much like the quote above.
I'm a doer, a problem solver, an accomplisher. Pose a question, challenge or problem - be it professional or personal - and I automatically jump to thinking about what I can do to fix it. I'm clever and resourceful and surely there is something I can do to solve whatever this current conundrum is.
And in my mind, patience was doing nothing.
But I'm beginning to understand that this is not the case. Patience does not necessarily mean doing nothing - it can actually be one of the most powerful things to do, it allows space for new solutions to unfold. And in fact, being patient sometimes is the absolute best thing you can DO.
What does patience mean to you and how do you incorporate it into your life and relationships?
Want to keep exploring the right balance of patience in your life? Give me a shout - I can support you in discovering and embracing the best nourishment for you - from food to lifestyle choices.
I'll meet you where you are and help you take manageable steps to successfully get where you want to be!
I've been working through my fridge, freezer and cupboards to use up what is in there. This is a super fun "game" for me - what do I have available, and what can I create with it. Last night I made this tasty dish, using up some frozen TJ's scallops and leeks, and the last of some egg noodles in the cupboard.
- 8 scallops, thawed
- approx 3/4 cup sliced leeks (if frozen toss in a colander and run under water to at least partially thaw)
- 1 Tbl Butter
- 2-3 Tbl chicken broth
- approx 1 cup of cooked egg noodles
- salt to taste
- crushed red pepper to taste
Melt butter in a skillet on med-high heat. Add in leeks and saute, add in chicken broth and continue to heat to bubbling, stirring. Add in scallops and simmer until cooked through but still tender. Add salt and crushed red pepper to taste. Toss in cooked egg noodles to coat with sauce.
Does the idea of figuring out what to make with what you have leave you paralyzed before your open fridge? I can help you with that. Give me a shout and we'll make getting your meals together simple and enjoyable!
Don't Go It Alone
I have many friends who will read that headline and get a good giggle. I've been known to take it all on and often heard to say, "No, I don't need help! I can do it all by myself." But here is the truth - no one can do it ALL themselves - and the great news is we don't need to! I bet you are surrounded by people who would be honored, grateful and thrilled to lend you a helping hand and/or a supportive ear and shoulder, not to mention a big hug.
And you all know I am happy to help! I think I try to get that point across at least once or twice in each Nourish Newsletter - so please know you can always drop me a note, call or Facebook post for a little reinforcement any time you need!
But this article is about some smaller helpers...apps...
There are lots of innovators out there developing small nuggets of support that fit in your purse or pocket - right on your phone. Here are a few of my favorites:
Fooducate is a free app (available for iPhone and Droid) and a blog. The daily blog (and FB post) offers really succinct, practical insight into something in the food world - primarily focused on packaged and processed foods - helping you to decipher what's real, what's not, and everything in between.
The app is a code scanner that allows you to scan a packaged good in the market and see a grad for the item - what's good about it, what to be mindful of, and it will offer 3 suggestions of healthier potential substitutes.
Dirty Dozen/Clean 15
EWG's current Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce is available in a handy free app for iPhone or Droid as well, or you can download a wallet-sized version of the list to keep handy so when you are at the super market or farmer's market you can have a handy cheat sheet. I don't know about you, but I can't always keep these lists straight when I'm staring at the beautiful piles of fruits and veggies!
Also available as a free app for the iPhone or Droid and as a downloadable pocket guide, Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch brings you up-to-date recommendations for ocean-friendly seafood and sushi. And now the newest version, with Project FishMap, lets you share the locations of restaurants and markets where you've found sustainable seafood. As the map grows, you'll also be able to see what others have found near you.
How to Cook Everything
This handy-dandy recipe book app is only available on iPhone and costs $4.99. The book itself costs $35. I actually don't know much about the book - but I am hooked on the app - it offers a plethora of recipes, from simple, time-efficient recipes, to more elaborate and complex flavors, the database is searchable by item and most of them offer numerous variations. There are timers build in and shopping lists can be generated.
What are some of your favorites? Let me know, I'd love to check them out and add some new apps to my menu!
Enjoy these apps and other great little helpers you find! And if you are so inclined, give me a call or email to set up your complimentary nutritional power session to see how I can support and guide you in finding more energy and happiness then you knew you could have! I'll help you navigate the supermarket shelves, create shopping lists that feed your body and soul, and help you find your ideal balance and learn to listen to what your body needs and how you can answer that call with solutions that fit your lifestyle.