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Proverb: What has the potential to fuel, discover, prevent, heal and connect?

February 28th, 2018 No Comments Tags: , ,

I was pondering the Nutrition Month theme more deeply as I undertook weekend food prep recently – Unlock the Potential of Food. I decided to pull out my cauldron to make one of my favourite soup recipes – Acini di Pepe. I learned how to make this from my Mom. While that was bubbling I did other prep. As the windows got steamy my thoughts meandered back to when my nephew Christopher was a toddler. He uttered his first sentence as he enjoyed lovin’ spoonfuls of my Mom’s Acini di Pepe soup ‘More soup Sassy!’  like a baby robin feeding in the nest.

I love falling back on recipes that are tried-and-true family favourites to not only carry on generations of tradition, but also to create nourishing food that’s incredibly delicious. When it’s all whipped up using simple ingredients, you get something super. This past year we learned some of my Mother-in-law’s traditional Ukrainian fare – from pierogi to cabbage rolls and borscht. None of these recipes has more than 6 main ingredients but the taste explosion and pride is infinite.

When I cook it always make sense to make a cauldron full, to enjoy and share. I think of William Shakespeare’s famous line from Macbeth: Boil boil toil & trouble, Fire burn & cauldron bubble as it comes together on the stove. I’ll be sharing vats full with various family members who are recuperating. What better to rejuvenate with homemade fare that’s a complete meal. It not only nourishes but feeds your soul too, MmmMmmmmm.

We are celebrating my Mom’s 85 birthday too. Oh that Mother of mine, that cat with more than 9 lives. She has blessed our lives in so many ways and has rallied more than Chrissy Everett leaving my worry beads worn. I cherish getting together around the family table to break bread, especially to celebrate together.

Isn’t that great about food, it has the potential to fuel you, generates wonder as you discover it through cooking, sustains you to prevent disease and fosters healing and best of all it brings us together.

It’s like a wise ole proverb: what has the potential to fuel, discover, prevent, heal and connect? What else, but food!? Why don’t you join in this Nutrition Month 2018 and Unlock the Potential of Food in your household. Find out more: www.NutritionMonth2018.ca
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Keep the Olympic flame burning!

February 21st, 2018 No Comments Tags: , , , , ,

There’s nothing I don’t love about the Olympics. Even though I am a self proclaimed tortoise I get pumped watching athletes perform their craft. Further, faster, stronger, better are all goals we can all relate to and strive for in our own lives.

Olympians go for gusto. They are certainly not fair-weather participants. They push through barriers we mere mortals can barely fathom to improve their time, pass their competitor or land that jump without wavering.

I won’t be joining an olympic team any time soon because tortoises don’t qualify. I will however be more mindful of how I can do my body right one baby step at a time. Maybe I’ll take an extra stroll in the day; perhaps I’ll dial down on second helpings; how about getting down on my mat an extra day or two in the week to tighten my core or make my lunch more often.

Winter is a perfect time of year to take it up a notch to rethink your goals to get in shape for when spring is sprung! If your get up and go got up and went, time to find it and get in gear, don’t you think? Why just watch sports when you can add some new moves to your repertoire and get active!

Consider jumpstarting your heart if you’ve been in a slump lately. Plan on extending your efforts to all of the seasons of the year, taking each day as it comes. As long as I’m able to move one foot in front of the other, I am committed to continue my ‘movement movement‘. How about you?

Keep the Flame Alive!
Well it’s life back to normal
The Games are almost a wrap
After McMorris’ story
I walked another lap

Got to thinking about what
This all means in my life
Triple flips and double sow cows
Being active doesn’t need to create strife

The lycra and spandex
Never looked this darn good! (mainly on Olympians!)
Treating body as temple
Is something we should

For we mere earth mortals
Making a goal is a start
To move our bodies, as it was meant
I so very smart

Start a ‘movement movement’
Rise up off the couch
Oh ye young and old
Finding 30-60 minutes, isn’t that much

You’ll feel better and toned
Energetic and shvelt
Your hourglass figure
Might warrant a belt!

Keep that flame alive everyday
Whether it’s gleaming or dim
And do yourself a favour
Press ‘start’ and begin!

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What is love?

February 14th, 2018 No Comments Tags: , , , ,

What is love?
Sent from above
So alluring
With work, enduring

A gift of time
Smiling ray of sunshine
A passing glance
Simple romance

A soft touch
What you do says much
It’s understanding
Not demanding

A reservation
No consternation
Simplicity
Implicitly

Kind seeds sown
Good deeds unknown
Family and friend
Love to the end

Valentine
Roses and wine?
Show thy love
All the time

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