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Change Happens

I am a personal trainer and fitness consultant. I am also a small business owner. I recently reread the 1998 bestseller, Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and Your Life by Spencer Johnson. The intent was to find wisdom for my small business (it delivered) but an unintended benefit was also finding a great source of guidance for all of us working out the details of healthier living.

With out giving too much away (I highly recommend you read this book yourself if you have a couple hours), the book addresses simple habits that facilitate navigating change. Whether you want to look better in a swimsuit or need to improve your diet, change is necessary. Your attitude, your patterns or your beliefs may actually be standing in your way. Who Moved My Cheese? provides some perspective to correct such behaviors. These gentle reminders open the door to laugh at oneself, recognize what isn’t working and allow room for a better lifestyle.

Our bodies change through puberty, change after babies, change as we age, change with injury and illness. Change happens. Being angry about change won’t help. Being open to adapting to change with self awareness and quality information CAN help. This powerful skill can help us move through the ebb and flow of staying fit and healthy. We might even come to embrace the process of solution finding, feeling healthy and happy, moving gracefully from one stage to another.

The book is simple and encouraging. If you are struggling with the idea of change in your healthy behaviors and workouts, I recommend you invest a little time to this. The benefits could be unexpectedly delicious.

Savory Soup for Dinner

Caulif Soup

Several clients have asked for recipe suggestions this month. As the resident meal planner, grocery shopper and family cook, I am happy to oblige. Below is a delicious soup recipe I often use to ensure my family enjoys nutrient rich vegetables. Pair soup with grilled cheese sandwiches (National Grilled Cheese Day yesterday) or homemade paninis for an easy, delicious Friday night dinner.

The skinny:

  • Chocked full of powerful nutrients, these soups can be an excellent accompaniment for an otherwise average meal.
  • Make a double batch and freeze to save on cooking/clean up time later.
  • Excellent starter food for baby (they like flavor too)
  • Great way to feed picky eaters quality vegetables
  • Nutrients otherwise lost in steamed vegetable water are pureed right into these soups – win-win-win
  • Measure butter or olive oil for all the sandwiches into small ramekin. Then, brush evenly onto the bread. This will evenly coat the bread for crunch and flavor with out losing healthfulness by not monitoring the fat content.

Asparagus Soup ingredients in pot

Savory Soup

4 to 6 stalks of celery

2 medium size onions

About 1 1/2 pounds of broccoli

OR one large head of cauliflower

OR one large bunch of asparagus

6 cups of chicken broth

(use low sodium if needed or 4 cups broth and 2 cups water)

Wash veggies under cool running water

Cut veggies into 2″ chunks

Add all ingredients to large pot

Bring to a boil

Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes

Transfer to blender and blend

 Asparagus soup in belnder

Creamy, delicious, and packed with nutrients. Perfect compliment to a simple tomato grill cheese sandwich or turkey, dijon mustard panini.

I hope you and your family enjoy it as much as we do!

Cauliflower soup and sandwich compressed

Bon appetit!