Why taking a break from your routine is a good thing

Why taking a break from your routine is a good thing

Recharge your batteries

Feeling ready for a little break from your busy routine? This week I dial-it-down to recharge my batteries. Here are a few ways I am doing that:

I rest. I take a week off from my exercise routine.

I still stay active. I still eat well. The recovery for my body and mind is hugely beneficial. I come back to my small but mighty garage gym ready to rock it.

I reflect. What skills do I practice that make me feel awesome? Is there anything I want to change? What can I practice that will connect me to that change?

I plan. I lock in dates for the rest of the year: annual physical, dentists, sports, shows and time off.

Consider taking time off to recharge your batteries. It’s a wonderful and special time of year to do that for yourself.

Grilled Corn on the Cob Recipe

Grilled Corn on the Cob Recipe

A little bit of spice on the cob

This great grilled corn recipe was adapted from Eating Well.

  • 4 ears of corn on the cob, husked and halved
  • 2 T of mayonnaise
  • ½ T of chili powder
  • 4 T finely shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 lime quartered
  • Preheat grill to medium/high

Combine mayonnaise and red pepper in small bowl. Set aside.

Grill corn until start to darken and soften in places. Turn often.

Spread with mayonnaise sauce. Sprinkle with parmesan. Serve.

Wrap in tin foil, take to picnic!

Dessert: Simply Frozen Strawberries Recipe

Dessert: Simply Frozen Strawberries Recipe

Deliciously Sweet and Refreshingly Cold

Frozen strawberries, you can’t get a simpler recipe than that! Frozen strawberries are ideal for those times when you want a cold, refreshing and naturally sweet treat without all the added sugars.

Ingredients:

  • Organic Strawberries, trimmed and frozen

Just freeze the berries, and serve up in a special small dish. Let them sit at room temperature for a couple of minutes after removing from the freezer, then enjoy.

 

Grilled Chicken Kebabs Recipe

Grilled Chicken Kebabs Recipe

Greek flavors and lemon infused chicken

I recently purchased prepared lemon chicken Kebabs at Whole Foods. They were delicious grilled. The lemon flavor was just perfect. I researched how to make them and found this great recipe from Foodie Crush: lemon, olive oil, green onion and garlic!

Yum! This is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Enjoy!

Couscous and Raspberry Trek Mix

Cook the desired serving amount of couscous according to package directions; fluff with a fork when finished cooking.

Add and mix in 1-2 handfuls of Trader Joe’s Omega Trek mix to couscous. Joe’s mix is a wonderful blend of Omega-rich nuts and dried fruit. I like to cut up raspberries into smaller pieces. Experiment with the amount added to couscous.

For best taste, each serving should only have a small amount of the mix in it.

Perfect for picnics!

Admitting you’re home sick and dealing with it

Admitting you’re home sick and dealing with it

Winter Travel. Winter travel on an airplane. Winter travel on an airplane with a guy hacking up a lung two rows back.

Yep, I got sick recently from the guy two rows back. I’m positive it was his fault. More about him later. My recent bout with pneumonia (I was hospitalized for 48 hours) got me thinking about general negative attitudes about admitting we are sick and then doing what we need to do when we get sick.

What happened to taking a day or two off to recover?

The over the counter remedies are nothing compared to staying home, drinking plenty of fluids, hot toddies and gargling with salt water. Add in boxes of tissues, hot baths and soap operas during the day and we are usually good to go. Of course we have the super bugs, the new flu strains and such.

But, what I am most interested in knowing is this: why don’t you stay home and not infect everyone else? Are you scared your boss will get mad? Are you too important that nothing will get done in your absence? I rant, but, I too, fell prey to these emotions. How could a nutrition and wellness coach get pneumonia, let alone get pneumonia AND have to be hospitalized and put on oxygen. What? Am I too important, too irreplaceable that I can’t get sick? OMG! I am not in control of my body!

So as I recover at home, I am no longer afraid to tell people I have pneumonia. I am giving away tickets to shows that I had planned, saying no to invites for lunch, reaching out to my clients to arrange our meetings for a week from now, and, as the doctor said, taking it easy. I have accepted that on the one hand I have to take it easy for while and can’t exercise for a few weeks. On the other hand, I am way better than I was two weeks ago. This could happen to anyone. I am going to be fine.

Moral of the story: Listen to your body

Sometimes, your body says, nope, this one is going to bite you in the ass and put you down for a few days, maybe even weeks. The world, your world, isn’t going to stop if you check out for a while. Everyone will still think you are amazing. Everything will be the same when you return. And because you take good care of yourself, your recovery will be that much quicker. You just have to be a “patient” patient.

As far as the guy on the plane who infected me and probably most of the cabin we were in … you taught me a good lesson. Hope you feel better.

If you want further reading on this subject, check out this book: “The Art of Being Ill” by Jill Sinclair