Whether you’re a fan of Facebook or not, the reality is undeniable. No matter how you choose to spend your birthday (or any day), when the day is done and you check in to see what happened on your page, it’s impossible not to feel joy from the outpouring of greetings, messages and best wishes from friends near and far.
For this most recent birthday, I luxuriated in time with friends and family, dined on amazing food, and was showered with love and sentiments that overwhelmed me with tears and joy (for example, this homemade book from my daughter).
It is very easy to skim over your news feed each day and feel empty or lacking in comparison. But it is just as easy to “like” someone’s post, to connect with them in the simplest of ways and to spread positive energy. Going just one step further and taking the time to say something nice spreads an invaluable amount of good will, nourishment and happiness. If that were to become contagious, just maybe there would be more happiness and peace in the world. I know there was for me on this past birthday.
Heartfelt thanks to all who brightened my big day.
Eat clean live well!
Making one positive change to your diet has the power to improve your health. Making many can change your life.
Scenes from Copper Beech Institute
Committing to a retreat is not about learning everything about the subject at hand, discovering definitives, or changing who you are and adapting a different way. It is about removing oneself from daily life just enough to slow down, look within, and discover the answers that are already inside of you. That is exactly what we did at my recent Clean Food and Sustainable Good Health retreat at Copper Beech Institute in West Hartford, Connecticut.
Over the course of the weekend, we moved from setting intentions for the future, to looking within and mindfulness in each moment. We were nourished by each other’s support and wisdom; we stretched ourselves to consider a bounty of new foods and food combinations; we cooked together; and we shared much delicious and nutritious food. Together, we tapped into our inherent understanding and creativity and empowered each person, myself included, to better navigate the landscape of eating clean and living well.
(Clockwise from top left) Intentions, Greens, Produce, Blend-Your-Own Teas.
Student Creations – Chickpea Dip, Vegetable Soup with Indian Spices, Red Lentil Dip, Mango and Watercress Salad.
Copper Beech Institute offers a place of quite contemplation, beautiful grounds for connecting with nature, and a welcoming and supportive community for renewal, growth and transformation. Heartfelt thanks to all who participated and made this program such a success, and all who reached out requesting more similar programs. I will have more details on future events soon! In the meantime, I hope this glimpse into our Clean Food Retreat inspires you to make mindful, healthy choices and…
Eat clean live well!
We all face obstacles when it comes to eating clean. In fact, sometimes it feels inevitable that just as I think I’ve discovered what works best for my unique constitution, something changes. Our bodies change, the seasons change, our lifestyles, resources and health change.
When I first started working with Gretchen and Jim Nelson, they and their friends were looking for support and inspiration to raise healthy families. Today, their children are grown and have moved out, Gretchen works full time, and Jim finds himself doing most of the cooking. Their lives are totally different, as are their tastes, their needs and even their access to clean food. What makes my job so rewarding and fulfilling is that I get to accompany and support people like Gretchen and Jim and help them navigate the landscape of clean food and make it easy, delicious and nutritious.
Each of us has obstacles to eating clean, but more often than not, those barriers are easily removed. All it takes is some strategic planning, a handful of shortcuts, and an arsenal of healthy recipes to serve all your needs – quick and easy breakfasts, nourishing lunches that can be packed and carried, satisfying snacks, and healthy dinners appropriate for both the light eater and the extreme athlete. These were the needs on Gretchen and Jim’s to-do list, and we accomplished them all with our most recent series of private cooking classes, not to mention shared a whole lot of delicious clean food and fun.
It’s always an honor to be in the kitchen with you through my books, but it’s a special treat for me when I get to be there in person – whether I’m actually in your kitchen, running a program at your workplace, or connecting through a community event. If there’s any way I can support you further, I encourage you to be in touch. If there’s one thing that this work has taught me, it’s that together we can accomplish significant healthy change, and be nourished as much by sharing the journey as by the clean food.
Eat clean live well!