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Simplifying Life…

I just read a really great article titled “A Recipe for Simplifying Life: Ditch All the Recipes”.

At first I was intrigued by the lose-the-recipe idea, but as I read, it was more a look at how to improvise, cook ahead, and reuse ingredients for different dishes.

Another interesting aspect was the reflection on why some people might be intimidated by cooking (um, me!) because of cooking shows that show elaborate dishes are the most sought after. This article focuses on how “food is simply supposed to be good and nourishing and enjoyable and far less stressful”.

All of these points came from a new book “An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace,” by the chef and food writer Tamar Adler.

The book promotes truly helpful tips from Mrs. Adler, highlighting how “we need to spend less time thinking about food and more time just enjoying it”.

More tips, and video of this wise woman can be found on her Web site, You can also see her routine in this video titled “How to Stride Ahead”.

Who couldn’t use some simplification in life?

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Cleansing in 2012

I planned a few months ago to start a detoxifying cleanse for the New Year.

We’ve all heard of “a cleanse” in some form or another, to eliminate toxins from your body with a healthy alternative.

I’d read up on a few different forms of cleanses, the most prominent being the Master Cleanse, which consists of a diet of water mixed with fresh lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and maple syrup. To ease into it, you take the following steps:

  • Day 1 – Regular Diet; however, you should try to eat live foods –vegetables, grains, etc.
  • Day 2 – Fruits and Veggies
  • Day 3 –
  • Day 4 – Orange Juice – 3 1-liter orange juice (with 2 tbsp of maple syrup if you want more calories and energy)
  • Day 5 Day 1 of what they call “The Lemonade Diet”

You then continue with the Lemonade only typically for 10 days, and ease out with the same steps in reverse .

When January 1st rolled around, I wasn’t quite ready to commit to this liquid diet. Luckily, my sister got a cookbook over the holidays of 365 days of Soup, and suggested embarking on a self-chosen “Soup Cleanse”.

Here is my Exploration of Soups:

Day 1 was tough. I had to bend our own rules to include raw fruits and veggies early on, because I found myself light-headed a few times throughout the day, and craving crunch. I drank a lot more water than usual, and also V8.

Dinner consisted of a Salmon Dumpling Soup, in a Chinese 5-spice vegetable broth – YUM!

Day 2 I was more prepared. I brought fresh fruit to work, along with some pre-made Lentil Soup that I had as an early lunch. I had lots of water again, and some V8.


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Happy New Year!

It’s 2012, and I’ve decided to start keeping track of my exploration of healthy habits and activities throughout the year that help me stick to a healthier lifestyle.

Like many people today, I’ve struggled with my weight ever since I can remember. I’ve never been athletic, and keeping active has always seemed more like a chore than a choice.

I did have success slimming down in the past couple years by working out like crazy. But it didn’t stick. As soon as I used my free time for anything other than exercise, the weight came back.

My goal now is to adapt my lifestyle toward a healthier long-term path by exploring what works for me and what doesn’t.

I aim to find the means to ENJOY healthy activity, food, and other life choices along the way 🙂

Check back for tips of what has worked – let’s explore together!

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