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Kathleen
8:19 am

Outside of Your Comfort Zone

Recently we were lucky enough to escape our daily routine and go on a cruise. This was a last minute kind of vacation — go online, find something reasonable on a date we could escape and click “Book”. Not only did we really need a vacation, we also really needed to live differently on this vacation. We needed to find opportunities to be out of our comfort zones and stick with it. We needed to spend the week being in the moment. We needed to allow ourselves time to just be — no schedule, no expectations, no checklist, no bucket list hanging around our necks pulling us down. Read More

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Kathleen
9:34 am

Pushing the Gardening Envelope

Last fall we decided to try to grow greens all winter. We had both successes and failures. Kale, spinach and daikon radishes did well. Kohlrabi, beets, broccoli rabe and arugula did not fair well. Most likely the veggies that did not thrive struggled because of sowing seeds too late. We did not sow seed until mid/late September. This year we decided to get an earlier start, late August, and added a new comer to the fall/winter garden — saffron. Yes, you are reading correctly, we decided to try to grow and harvest our own saffron — that wonderful spice of delicate red threads that adds flavor to breads, rice and so many other dishes. Read More

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Kathleen
6:50 pm

What Did the Apple Say to the Butternut Squash?

Tonight I was at a loss about what to make for dinner. And once again I decided rely on my typical method of searching the kitchen for ingredients to throw together. As I looked around the kitchen I found the perfect partners for dinner -- Read More

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Kathleen
1:08 pm

Which Came First? The Chicken or the Egg? And Does That Really Matter?

You guessed it. Lately I have been thinking about food and its role in my life and in the lives of my clients. Do we eat to live or live to eat? Does a balanced, healthy diet enable us to achieve our goals and live our purpose? Or does the intentional, focused pursuit of our goals enable us to eat a balanced, healthy diet? Does it matter which one comes first? Let’s look at a couple of hypothetical examples: Read More

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Kathleen
3:34 pm

Thoughts on Cucumbers and Good Bacteria

Way back in early spring a new package of cucumber seeds arrived in my seed order. I was excited to be planting the seeds that would yield wonderful vegetables to enjoy in the hot summer months, and I was even more excited to be digging in the dirt. The previous year our cucumber plants had failed to produce anything, and this year I was determined that it would be different. So I gently tucked in the new seeds -- Read More

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Kathleen
7:46 am

When Two Negatives Do Not Equal a Positive

Exercise is a word that invokes many emotions, not all of them positive. While some folks get downright giddy at the thought of their daily exercise routine and pack their gym bags the night before, for many of us the thought of exercise causes stomach churning anxiety and any excuse to avoid moving is deftly utilized. Just like momma, poppa and baby bear, we find ourselves waiting for the perfect moment to exercise. If it is too hot, too cold, too humid, too early, too late, too soon after eating or too soon after waking, we delay getting up and moving and settle back down onto our built in glutial cushion. We soon discover that the time to get up and move is never “just right” for us. Read More

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Kathleen
11:00 am

Clean Up Your Eating

Even though my favorite season is Fall because I am a nester at heart, my digestive system loves spring! At this time of year I crave fresh, whole foods. I want my plate filled with big salads that are topped with colors and textures from an assortment of vegetables. Read More

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Kathleen
6:14 am

The Hamster Wheel of Dieting

Dieting. That one word can cause anxiety levels and blood pressures to rise. Many of us go on multiple diets every year, and many of us have rules about diets. Here are some examples: a. We can only begin a diet on a Monday. b. Eating a cookie early in the day ruins the whole diet, so we eat the whole bag of cookies. c. A diet will fix what is "wrong", and after the diet we can go back to our "normal" way of eating. d. Two weeks is enough time to lose 10 pounds. The rules we create in our minds rarely, if ever, mesh with the results of the diet or with the needs of our body. As a result, we become stuck on the hamster wheel of dieting. If you have ever found yourself thinking any one of these things, or something similar, then read on. Read More

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Kathleen
5:40 pm

Summon Your Strength, It's Time To Grocery Shop...

My goal was a simple one. I would run into the grocery store, pick up some almond milk and head home. In my mind it would be a five minute trip at the most, and that was just about all the time I had for this errand. Almond milk would be perfect for my morning smoothies and would help me with my experiment of eliminating dairy from my diet. However, nothing about grocery shopping these days is quite that easy. As I approached the refrigerated section of the store, I could feel the beads of sweat forming on my forehead. Too many almond milk products loomed before me.... Read More

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Kathleen
7:00 am

Craving Curiosity

We all experience it. Those undeniable, nagging cravings for carbs, sugar, salt, crunchy textures, chewy textures, gooey textures. We tell ourselves that we must try to “fight the cravings” and sometimes we are “successful”. More often we give into the cravings, and consume not just one piece of chocolate, one potato chip or one gummy bear, but a fistful. Then feeling guilty, defeated and bloated we vow that tomorrow we will “do better”. Despite consuming what we thought our bodies craved, we feel let down and do not have our appetites satisfied. However, how often do we take the time to actually figure out what triggered the cravings and what the cravings mean before we start consuming the candy, carbs, chips or chocolate? Read More

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