Archive for December, 2011
Thanks for the guest post by Jo Levy
My husband is definitely the technology guru of our house. He is great with gadgets and computers, and can really repair anything. It’s awesome to have someone like him around since we increasingly use technology to get though our everyday lives. We use a ton of electronic appliances in our kitchen, so whenever one of those starts acting up, it gets fixed immediately. Last time my phone was acting weird, it was my husband who fixed it. Then when our computer started going crazy, he came to the rescue again. Sometimes I just wish I could fix things myself! That is why I was so excited when I searched St. Paul wireless internet and found Clear Wireless. My husband was really impressed that I found a service that not only provided wireless internet service for our home, but I got him a mobile hotspot too. It felt really good to finally be the one in the family to fix one of our problems! From now on my husband can keep on fixing things and messing with all of our gadgets, but I’m officially in charge of finding great internet deals!
In the past I’ve only focused on healthy food. I’ve decided to expand the focus of this blog to include all aspects of healthy living. So, now there’ll be great information on diet, still with lots of good original healthy recipes, but I’ll also cover other things that influence your overall wellbeing like emotional and mental patterns; household products; and personal care products.
Over time I’ll start offering healthy lifestyle coaching in small groups and individually. There’ll be free videos, as well as DVDs with lots of great information on them for you to purchase. I may even start to carry some of my most favorite products to make finding them easy for you. I’m in the planning stages now, so check back throughout January to see what changes are happening.
We’re just a couple days away from celebrating Christmas. It is amazing to me to realize that almost every tradition on the planet has a special holiday during these bleak winter months. The exact days and traditions vary, but the same ideas are behind all of them, at least as far as I can tell.
It is a time to celebrate the return of the light. We go through the shortest day in the year. In some traditions this also means the renewing of your own internal light. For some it is a time of remembrance of the spiritual founder of that tradition. Overwhelmingly it is a celebration of love, the overarching core of every tradition on the planet.
For many, this season is a special time of family and friends. Where you eat traditional foods and engage in traditional rituals, whether that be Santa visiting, playing dreidel games, doing special crafts, dances and special stories, or helping at a homeless shelter, etc.
My wish for the entire planet is that we stop looking at our differences and trying to make everyone be carbon copies of ourselves, and start celebrating those things we have in common and the uniqueness of each individual person on the planet. Existence is infinitely creative molding each one of us to be totally unique, even if you’re an identical twin, you’re not quite identical, and you’ll have your own unique contribution to give to the planet. May we focus on bringing out each other’s uniqueness and allowing each person to flower and spread their beautiful essence to those around them and even the world.
May you all have the most blessed holiday season ever, and may your life be filled with bliss, love, health, and prosperity.
Living in the mid-Atlantic states our winter weather is very variable. If we have winds from the south, like today, it is warm enough to walk around without a coat. However, tomorrow’s high may only be in the 30s or 40s if the wind is out of the north. On days when we have a surprise cold snap a wonderful steaming bowl of soup is on the menu. Here’s a hearty soup recipe that will cook up in approximately 30 minutes from scratch. I’ve used it for years now and we love it every time.
Please note all the amounts are approximate, because I just throw this soup together. You don’t really need to measure anything except the lentils.
Red Lentil Soup
- Fill 3qt pot ¾ of the way full with water
- 1-3 tsp salt (depending on your tastes)
- 1 cup of several of your favorite soup veggies: frozen lima beans, frozen or fresh peas, carrots, broccoli, zucchini, potatoes, even leftover veggies work great
- Italian herb blend (start with 1 tsp on each of the herbs, then adjust to taste)
- Dried basil
- 1 cup red lentils (must be red to cook fast)
Put pot on to boil, add salt, vegetables, and herbs. Bring to boil and boil for about 5 minutes. Then add the lentils and cook for another 10-15 minutes until lentils and veggies are cooked to your liking.
You can have tamari, pepper, ghee, or yogurt for people to add according to their liking. I particularly like it with a little extra freshly ground pepper, a dab of ghee, and a couple good sized scoops of yogurt in it, which gives it a nice tang.
Serve with homemade pumpernickel rolls (which I let the bread maker knead) with vegetarian or vegan sharp cheddar melted over it and you’ve got a healthy, nourishing, comfort lunch. We had it today and it was awesome!