Monthly Archives: November 2011

Brussels sprouts

I’m in shock. I arrived at my parents house for the Thanksgiving holiday last night and my mother greeted me with a folder filled with her chosen holiday recipes ~ clippings from magazines and printouts from the internet.

There, right in the folder, among the selection of gluten-free, sugar-free pies and homemade cranberry sauce, was a Bobby Flay recipe for Brussels sprouts with pomegranate and hazelnuts.

So why am I in shock? Well just a few years ago my mother wrinkled her nose at the thought of eating Brussels sprouts. She vehemently proclaimed her Brussel hatred. And now here they are among her preferred recipe pickings?

Thanksgiving has always been a distinct holiday in my family. As a kid we bucked tradition and traveled to different cities around the country ~ San Francisco, Boston, Williamsburg, Yosemite. It was our time for adventure. Our Thanksgiving dinner was reserved in advance and eaten in a fancy restaurant in our destination city that hosted an exclusive feast. (I particularly remember waitresses walking around with baskets of hot popovers.)

As we got older, Thanksgiving transformed into a holiday that was about my expected engagement (only slightly delayed) that I wrote about last year.

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Give me liberty and give me breadth.

This past weekend I attended a conference in Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, with hundreds of my holistic health sisters. We felt the love! Love for the work we do. Love for the powerful movement of healing and wellness that we’re creating. Love for each other as we embrace all the possibilities of transformation both in our individualized missions and as a larger community.

I especially appreciated that we sisters gathered not only in the city of love, but the city of liberty. Liberty is the right to behave according to our own free will and to take full responsibility for our actions. And this, above all else, is how I see my own relationship to the food I eat, the lifestyle choices I make and the ways in which I take care of myself each and every day. It’s a freedom that I treasure. And it’s this freedom that allows me to slow down each season, embrace the opportunity to take a deep breadth and take extra special care of my body.

Taking a deep breadth is something we’ll be doing quite a bit of this coming week in Retreat: A TrulyFood Autumn Cleanse. It’s this time of year, before we embark on the indulgences of the holidays, that I really appreciate the occasion to pause. It’s the perfect time to take an intermission from some of my usual eating patterns and find my way back to the capacity of my intentions and my accountability to my self.

Fall is a time to pull your energy inward and to gather your reserves for the colder months ahead. It’s a time to focus on family and home, to reflect inward and to prepare the body to release and welcome the changes that are on the horizon. Those changes are evident. The trees are golden and autumnal while the lurking gray sky suggests that winter is just around the corner.

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Halloween Hangover Helpers

OK. You did it. You dipped into the Halloween bucket last night. Perhaps you’ve been dipping for a few nights, sampling the candy intended for the trick-or-treaters, unwrapping more than a couple of Tootsie Rolls at a time. Maybe you stayed away from the packaged confections and whipped up a bunch of homemade treats instead. Even that healthier route can lead to eating more sweets than you had expected.

There’s something important to know: It’s OK! We all do it.

(That’s why I devote an entire section in my Stick With It! e-book to pigging out.)

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