Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Favorite go-to short ribs recipe

The day before we indulge in lots of white meat, I changed things up and made grass-fed short ribs in an Instant Pot. My favorite go-to recipe is from Nom Nom Paleo:…/pressure-cooker-porcini-and-tomato…

Real Salt makes a huge difference in punching of the flavor

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 20, 2015

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step - Part 2 - Mistake are a learning opportunity

Once you start going step by step, you learn many things along the way. Knowledge is power. You need to learn your field -- whether it's business, health or even parenting.

Once you have knowledge you need to start using it.

If it is health related, for example, you learn that grains or sugar are not good for you, eliminate them and see how you feel. This is firsthand powerful knowledge.

Set up a plan and know that plans will often change, surprises will happen. Using the example of my friend (from previous post) who lost weight. She had a meal plan for the day, for the week. She had social events and needed to improvise. Experience thought her how to deal with changes in her plan. Mistakes or pitfalls are just learning opportunities and there is no need to get discouraged. The best thing is to anticipate that things will not always go exactly as planned and figure out how to do better next time.

My favorite parenting book is Positive Discipline by Jane Neslen, she teaches to acknowledge mistakes, reconcile and resolve them.

THE THREE Rs OF RECOVERY FROM MISTAKES 1. Recognize‐‐ “Wow! I made a mistake.” 2. Reconcile‐‐ “I apologize.” 3. Resolve‐‐ “Let’s work on a solution together.”


A real victory is when you notice yourself not repeating old mistakes and being able to avoid snags. It doesn't happen over night, but with time you learn to say "okay, I made a mistake, here is how I'll do it differently next time."

Our friend Diane Sanfilippo over at Balanced Bites has wise things to say about setbacks and failures: 

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Friday, November 13, 2015

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step - Part 1

I often get asked "How do I get started?" Whether related to starting a business or making a diet change, the answer is still the same.

YOU TAKE A STEP, or as Nike puts it "Just Do It!"

Whenever we want to make a change or start something new, fear is often a factor. There are many unknowns. What should I do? How do I start?

From my experience, the answer is just do something. One of my friends has gained a lot of weight over the years. The reasons are not important. She chose a wholesome weight loss diet plan and followed it. One step at a time. She had 60 lbs to drop. They dropped off slowly. Sometimes 2 lbs a week, other times 4 lbs a week, and some weeks showed no progress at all. However, she stuck with the program and as weeks turned into months, these few pounds turned from 10 lbs into 20 lbs, then 30 lbs and more. After about 7 months, she dropped 60 lbs and loved looking in the mirror again. She felt great. She learned on her journey that overthinking was tiresome, stressful and discouraging.

I believe that what helped her was focusing on the present. One step/meal at a time, one day at a time.

The first card in the Tarot deck is The Fool card. When starting a journey we all want to get somewhere. We have fears. We don't know what awaits us. We don't know the hardship ahead of us. We might fear different things, but we must take one step at a time and navigate the terrain. There is no other way. Step by step.

The Fool