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Hello! And wow! What an adventure 2012 has been so far. I've had wonderful adventures exploring new places, meeting amazing people, and continuing to expand my learning both personally and professionally. I look forward to sharing my adventures with you and to offering you my ever-growing means of supporting you in having fun living your happiest and healthiest life.
Enjoy this edition of the Nourish Newsletter with some inspirations from my travels. And please jump on over to my new and improved web site with blog. . . share it with your friends and stay tuned for more offerings coming up!


Live abundantly!

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Marissa Dana


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, email to set up a complimentary consult and see how I can help! 


In This Issue
Simply Inspired - Feeling Stuck
Tempting Tidbits - What's for Dinner???
What The...? - Impatient for Patience
Simply Inspired  


"When we feel stuck, going nowhere - even starting to slip backward - we may actually be backing up to get a running start." 
- Dan Millman
   I LOVE this quote.

I came across it recently. Does it not re-energize you?

Sometimes I find that "stuck" feeling to be fairly debilitating, like quicksand pulling me down, and the more I try to "fix" it, the more mired in it get and worse it feels...

In those instances, this quote brings me back to a place of hopefulness, of looking at the muck and seeing the potential in it. 

My dear friends, teachers and coaches also serve to support and remind me that being and staying stuck is always a choice and often a state of mind.

We can choose to see ourselves as stuck and to remain stuck, or we can see the potential and opportunity in where we are and what is occurring, and we can choose to surge forward, cut through the muck, embrace the learning, say "@#$% it!!" and take that running start! 

You choose...


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Tempting Tidbits


What's for Dinner???

open refrigerator

This can be a challenging one - often thought while standing in front of an open fridge and/or cabinets staring at varied contents and feeling completely blank about what to do with the contents (especially when your 'fridge is not quite stocked like this one!)


Well fear not! I'm here to help you find a new perspective on this. To have fun connecting the dots and creating creative, cost-effective, tasty meals from what you've got in your kitchen. 


Let's make this a game. . .


Here's the deal:

  • Walk into your kitchen
  • Open your fridge/freezer/cabinets
  • Send me a list of up to five different items in your cabinets. (In addition to what you send me, I'll assume a pantry of some standard staple items (salt, pepper, olive oil, butter) so please don't send me those items in your list.)
  • I'll create a meal and share a recipe created from the ingredients you send me, plus the pantry items. I'll also include some recommendations re. spices that you may have around so no need to include those in your list either. 

Sound fun? 

Ok, here is an example and first recipe...



(Shared by my friend Johanna from her kitchen)


>Brown Rice

>One Onion

>One starting to get soft Red Pepper

>One can of chopped tomatoes

>One can of Chick Peas (Garbanzo Beans)


Hearty Chick Pea Stew

Prepare brown rice per package instructions. Peel and chop onion. Chop red pepper. Add a couple TBL olive oil to a saute pan and heat on med/high heat. Add in onions and saute until soft and starting to brown. Add in red peppers and saute until they start to soften. Drain and rinse chick peas and add to pan. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper. Add in the can of chopped tomatoes, reduce heat and simmer to thicken a bit. Add in more salt and pepper to taste. You could also add in any variety of other seasonings here to change up the flavor - crushed red pepper or cayenne pepper to heat it up, oregano, basil, curry powder - what ever tastes excite you!

Serve stew over cooked brown rice. 

This also re-heats well and makes great leftovers for tomorrow's lunch or dinner.


Other options & ideas:

  • Add sauteed chicken, beef or fish/shrimp to the stew
  • Add any assortment of other veggies - zucchini, spinach, broccoli, mushrooms, etc.
  • Add in minced or chopped fresh garlic after the onions

Email me with what's in your kitchen and see what tasty concoction we can whip up!



[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!]

What The...?


Impatient for Patience


Several months ago, I came across this article about patience and it struck me at that time - so much so that I read it every day for about a week, and kept a copy of it handy on my computer desktop. It's a quickie and I highly recommend the quick read.


Recently, it has been calling me again, and I have also been sharing it with some friends. To me, this speaks about the productivity that exists in patience and important and powerful movement that occurs in the stillness we call "waiting." Perhaps we don't always need to be doing, doing, doing to be productive and to be contributing to our goals. Each of us is unique and we process information differently and move at different paces and in different ways.


I've come across people throughout my life about whom I have made a judgement that goes something like this... "Wow - they sure pack a lot into each day and have accomplished - and are accomplishing - so much with their lives!" Followed quickly by a self-judgement that goes something like this... "What's wrong with me? what the heck have I been doing with my life? Why have I not accomplished more? Why have I not yet completed x, y and z?"


What I think is interesting about this is, 1.) I wonder how those people I judge as ultra productive see themselves? Do they realize they are productive and I'm inspired by them, or do they think something completely different? 2.) Are they really that much more productive contributors than I am? Or do they just have a different way of contributing? Perhaps are we all contributing a whole lot and being equally productive but just in different ways? Offering what only we can uniquely contribute to our communities?




Lots of things to ponder as the mud settles! I've found this article offered me a new perspective on patience that is encouraging me to find more pleasure in patience, and to become a bit more patient in my pursuit of patience. I hope you enjoy it and it offers you something - I'd love to hear your thoughts and perspective - share your thoughts here!




[Give me a call or email to set up your complimentary nutritional & lifestyle 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 support you in discovering, balancing, and embracing the best nourishment for you - from food to lifestyle choices. We'll take manageable steps to successfully get you from where you are to where you want to be!]