Here we are, December. The end of the year and the beginning of
holiday craze. Instead of the usual health tips and events, I
thought I'd put together something a little different this month.
Things you might not normally come across in the holiday season.
As the days grow longer, colder and darker, I hope you can find
some time to slow down and be with the true rhythm of the season. We
all need some darkness and downtime to balance out all the busyness.
In nature, that stillness is important so that seeds can sprout in
This month, I'm taking time off from my private practice,
workshops and speaking engagements to chill out, simplify and work
on my writing projects. I'll be back in action in mid-January 2009.
If you're interested in setting up one on one or small group
classes, feel free to contact me this month to set them up for 2009.
Here's wishes for a happy and healthy December, and hoping you
and your family have a wonderful holiday season.
|Simplifying the Holidays|
This holiday season, more than ever, many
of us have come to the realization that less can be more. The
Center for a New American Dream has loads of great resources
to help you consume responsibly to protect the environment,
enhance quality of life, and promote social justice. They have
a great Si
mplify the Holidays page with great ideas.
|The Reverend Billy & His Church of Stop
The holiday shopping frenzy is upon us, but before you
race to the mall to claim your new PlayStation 3, iPod or
giant flat-panel TV, you might want to heed the words of the
Billy a.k.a. performance artist Bill Talen. He first
caught my attention last year with his movie, What
Would Jesus Buy. His message is one you've heard before:
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. He and his choir deliver this message
in a very entertaining way.
|Give someone an animal this holiday|
Got people on your gift list that already have just about
Consider giving a gift of a water buffalo or a flock of
ducks this holiday season. By choosing a gift like this, you
can help children and families around the world receive
training and animal gifts that help them become self-reliant.
International is a non-profit organization whose goal is
to help end world hunger and poverty through self-reliance
You may have read about Heifer International in the New
York Times this past summer about how a goat enabled a
young girl from Uganda to get a college education.
|Looking for unique and useful gift
Over the years, I have found a number of great kitchen
tools that make my life easier. For instance, my favorite Japanese
rice maker that cooks my oatmeal and wakes me up in the
morning to a happy Japanese song. Or, my daughter's favorite
new toy, our
seltzer maker that is environmentally friendly. You can
find info and links to all of these products on my newest
Favorite Things. I'll be adding more links to products and
causes in the coming months.
|December Recipe: White Bean, Winter Squash & Kale
I found this recipe on Culinate.com
last month and have been making it on a regular basis ever
since. This delicious, nutritious soup is a great way to get
1 butternut squash, split in half, seeds removed
garlic cloves, unpeeled
~ Extra-virgin olive oil
yellow onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and diced
celery stalks, diced
1 Tbsp. fresh sage, chopped
tsp. fresh thyme, chopped
2 cups chicken stock
cooked white beans, with cooking liquid
1 bunch kale,
4 Tbsp. fresh Italian parsley, chopped
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place squash and garlic
cloves on a large baking sheet. Drizzle with a little olive
oil and rub the oil into the cut sides of the squash; place
cut-side down on the baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes or
until the squash is tender when pierced with a knife and the
garlic is soft. (If the butternut squash is on the large side
it may take longer to cook, but remove the garlic after 30
Once the squash is cooked through, remove
from the oven and set aside to cool. While the squash is
cooking, wash, dry, and chop the vegetables and herbs.
Heat a large soup pot and add enough olive oil to coat the
bottom. Sauté the chopped onion, carrot, celery, sage, and
thyme over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the
vegetables are just tender.
Add the chicken stock
along with the cooking liquid from the beans; add enough
additional water to equal 6 cups liquid total. Bring soup to a
boil, then simmer.
Once the squash is cool enough to
handle, scoop the flesh from its skin and cut into chunks. Add
this to the simmering broth along with the roasted garlic,
squeezed out of its skin and smashed with a large spoon
against the side of the pot.
Add the cooked beans and
the chopped kale. Simmer for another 20 minutes to cook the
kale and marry the flavors.
Stir in the chopped
parsley and season to taste with salt (it may take a lot if
neither your broth nor beans were salted) and freshly ground
|E-Book: Support for Parents of Picky
Calling all parents plagued by picky eaters! My
downloadable E-booklet on picky eaters can help you
recover your sanity and make mealtimes more fun and
delicious. You can win the picky eater war without being
sneaky or deceptive as other books might suggest.
To find out more, click
|E-Book: Dump Your Diet!|
|Do you diet, lose weight and
re-gain allthe weight you lost again and again and
again? Perhaps it's time to Dump
Your Diet! Learn more with my E- book on how to let
go of unnecessary weight by letting go of diets that
make us unhappy and unhealthy.
|E-Book: Teens, Tweens & Junk|
Would you like your kids to eat less junk and more
real food? Check out my E-book, Winning
the Junk Food Wars
for great ideas that will help
you to incorporate more real food into your kid's lives.
|Coming Soon! Two New E-Books!|
I'm working to put together two new E-Books. The
first book is about Food and Bones because there
is so much more to strong bones than calcium. Using my
House of Health model, I'll explain what to eat and how
to live to create strong, healthy bones.
The second book is entitled Cholesterol: Friend or
Foe in which I'll talk about fat fallacies and more.
Look for both books on my website and in this newsletter
in early 2009.
the election is over, the real work begins as we look ahead
towards January 2009 when Mr. Obama takes office. This website
gives you a chance to tell the president what to tackle on day
one. It's a great example of how the Internet has become a
tool for discussion on how to create a better world.This site
gives you a chance to vote on 9 big issues ranging from
terrorism to climate change.
the View is my favorite option in the climate change
category. The idea of transforming a few acres of the White
House lawn into an organic garden is one idea that is really
Pollan discussed the idea of a White House garden on a recent
Moyers Journal on PBS along with a number of other
interesting ideas on how we can change our relationship with
food to create a better, more sustainable planet.