Cabbage is Cool

cabbage PNG8804Cabbage is a vegetable used in March for the familiar ‘Corned Beef and Cabbage” meal for St. Patrick’s Day, but why not use it more often and without the meat? Cabbage is high in Vitamin K, Vitamin C and low in calories and carbohydrate. For 1 cup chopped it is only 22 calories and 5 grams of carbohydrate! It also has 2 grams of fiber and almost 3 grams of protein! It can be added as one of the vegetables in stir-fries, soups, and salads. One of my favorite ways to eat cabbage is cooked with tomato sauce over the top! It can be cut into wedges and roasted in the oven at 400 degrees F for 40 minutes with 2 Tbsp of olive or canola oil or vegetable broth drizzled on top for less fat, add some pepper and a teaspoon of fennel seed. It could also be microwaved: cut it into wedges, add 2 Tbsp water or broth, the spices and microwave on high 6-13 minutes.

LIFE IS: Fast

timeMy youngest daughter just had her 1st birthday! My how fast time flies! It’s seems like just yesterday I was pregnant with her…

With all the crazy that life brings (work, kids, daily chores, hobbies, etc.) it sometimes feels like we never have enough hours in the day to get done what we need to. Looking back in retrospect, the days, weeks, months go by so fast! Try and leave work when you plan to, and don’t take work home with you! Ask your kids about their days and take as much family time as you can. Save the cleaning for another day… Do that thing you’ve always wanted to try! Try to slow down, take a deep breath and live IN the moment! In EVERY moment, because they really do go by fast.

I’m definitely a Type A Personality, so I often find myself looking towards the future instead of being in the here and now. At times I will even follow my children around as they are playing and pick up each mess when they drop it and move on to the next toy. But I have to stop, remind myself, to just play with them instead. The mess isn’t hurting anything…except all my mental cues that are telling me to clean. Ignore them! You will be happier that you did, I was and am! Learn to be messy, play more, laugh more and find that happiness and contentment to just be!

Life is…“a journey, not a destination.”

footstepsThis is a quote by famous poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. I have heard this phrase used to describe many situations in life, mostly difficult ones requiring patience. But this remains true even through our most positive endeavors. We are all advancing in life on a journey, separately but also together. We all have struggles, are always learning and growing, and making decisions on which path to take; we are all advancing on our journey. But more often than not, we are focused on the destination.

I personally find myself stressing out about the end result so much that I forgot to enjoy the ride. Everyone forgets while powering through our busy lives. We rush to work and watch the clocks until we can go home, eat a quick meal, get some more work done and hurry off to bed…just to do it all again tomorrow!

But what are we all in such a hurry for? In all of our hustle and bustle we put ourselves through, we forget to enjoy the greatest gift of all: TODAY!

After much worrying and rushing along my own journey, I have learned to just take a minute and enjoy the present experiences we get to take part in. Sometimes it’s not always about where you end up, but how you got there and what you learned along the way.

So make your journey count, because we only get one. Walk the extra mile, and seek the roads less traveled when you can. And try not to worry so much about where and when the journey will end. Enjoy the time you are given today.

LIFE IS: Balance

We have all at one time or another physically “ran out of GAS.” It is that feeling that you just cannot do any more.

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How many of us realize that we can “run out of GAS” emotionally? This a theory presented in the Y’s Way to Stress Management (Donald Tubesing) called the theory of Generalized Adaptation Syndrome (GAS). What this theory says is the there is a level of emotion stress that is healthy for all of us. The level can be different from one person to the next, but what we all share is that, for the time we spend above the emotional level or line if you will, you have to spend the same amount of time below the line.

Life often forces us to be above the line, whether it be your work, family, social or financial situation or any other of other possibilities. And if we spend too much time above the line, life has a way of forces us to below the line, mostly in the form of illnesses, Heart Attack, Stoke, Gastrointestinal, Depression, etc.

The solution to balancing your life is to spend time on both sides of the line. Now I have always said you do not have to balance “Tuesday.” There are times when balance in not possible; special projects at work, family crises, finishing your degree etc. Just keep in mind that life has a way of balancing itself. It is better that you control your balance. Spend some time below the emotional line - put some GAS back in the tank!

Have you tried kale yet?

It is an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C and a good source of calcium and potassium.  The calcium absorbs better than from some other higher calcium green leafy vegetables because kale is low in oxalate which can inhibit the absorption of calcium.  It is a non-starchy vegetable so it is very low in carbohydrate which makes it also lower in calories.  The fiber helps keep you full longer which is good for everyone, especially those trying to lose weight.

Kale chips are a popular way to eat kale and they are delicious.  However, there are many other ways to add it into your daily meals.  Try it in smoothies, add chopped kale the last 5 minutes your pasta is cooking to eat mixed with your pasta dish, add to stir-fries, and add chopped fresh or frozen kale to vegetable or bean soups. 

Try some this week!