Archive for January, 2012

January 19, 2012

There’s a New Year IN FRONT of You (not behind you!)

For some of you, the New Year brings a certain amount of anxiety.  Anxiety about what you didn’t accomplish, what you didn’t have time for, what you should have done more of, and what you could have had.   If you always experience feelings such as this, then there is one thing for certain; you may be losing sight of all of the possibilities that are right in front of you by always looking back at what could’ve been.

So how do you end up at this point?  Why does the path of least resistance become the road most followed?  Why not look ahead to what you know is out there for you and go for it?

In the book The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck, he writes, “Fearing the pain involved, almost all of us, to a greater or lesser degree, attempt to avoid problems.  You procrastinate, hoping that they will go away.  You ignore them, forget them, pretend they do not exist.”  Now there’s an answer that we can all relate to on some level.  We all have those things that hang over our head, that we put off until it’s too hard to do something about, or those things that we hope will just go away on its own, but never do.  Whether big or small, these things ALL add up!  And guess what?  Looking back at them all the time will not get you any closer to what’s ahead of you.  In fact, it may very well keep you in place or going backward.

Either way, some very important decisions need to be made before proceeding and the beginning of a New Year is a great time to set yourself up to receive the support you need.

So what’s the first step?  As with any problem, we need to first determine if it is wiser to let go and keep moving forward or to go back and take care of the deeper cause once and for all.  This is probably the hardest step because making a decision means you are ready for change.  To move forward means that you are ready to let go of what’s behind you and to truly let go means that it will not consume you any longer.  To go back and address a deeper issue means you are ready to heal this wound once and for all.  Either way, it takes honesty and courage and it is an opportunity to learn from your mistakes and make the best of things.

M. Scott Peck further writes, “…let us teach ourselves and our children the necessity for [legitimate] suffering and the value thereof, the need to face problems directly and to experience the pain involved.”  It is only when all of life’s experiences are felt, embraced and acknowledged wholeheartedly (instead of avoided) that you can truly work through life’s ups and downs successfully.  You not only teach yourself to be solution oriented, but you teach yourself and your children the value of growing forward!

January 19, 2012

Hearty Organic Vegetable Beef Stew

Hearty Organic Beef Stew

Prep & Cook Time: 3 Hours                                                             

Servings: 6

INGREDIENTS: Use organic for this recipe.

  • 3 Pounds Grass-Fed Beef Chuck Pot Roast or Shoulder Roast Cut in Cubes (bone-in is healthier)
  • 2 ½ Cups Beef Stock (water can also be used as a substitute or if you need more liquid)
  • ¼ Cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 – 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 4 Large Potatoes or 8 Small Potatoes
  • 2 Cups Sliced Carrots
  • 2 Cups Pearl Onions (Fresh or Frozen)
  • 2 Cups Green Peas (Fresh or Frozen)
  • 6-8 Cloves Garlic (pressed)
  • 1 Tbsp. Dried Oregano (or to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp. Dried Basil (or to taste)
  • 2-3 Bay Leaves
  • Sea Salt & Fresh Cracked Pepper (to taste)


  1. In a large tray or pan, toss cubed meat in flour and salt and pepper until coated.
  2. In a heavy bottomed saucepan, heat olive oil on medium and lightly sauté onions and garlic.
  3. Add the meat, oregano and basil and sauté until meat is thoroughly browned.
  4. Add in beef stock and bring to boil, constantly mixing.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer until the liquid begins to thicken.  Cook at low heat for about 1 ½ – 2 hours.
  6. After 1 ½ hours, add in all other ingredients (EXCEPT Peas) and turn up heat and cook for 30 minutes until meat and vegetables are tender.  Add peas last, salt and pepper to taste.  Simmer for 10 more minutes before serving.


You Are What You Eat!

(A Short Bio on the Nutrient Density of the Main Ingredients)

Stews have a great density of nutrients from the stock of the meat, bones and vegetables.  It is a great way to cook in flavours that are soothing and healthy at the same time.  The broth of stew contains essential proteins, fats, vitamin B12, selenium, and zinc. Fresh or dried herbs contain DNA protecting flavonoids as well as anti bacterial properties.  Both carrots and onions contain beneficial antioxidants and carrots of different varieties contain varying amounts of antioxidant phytonutrients as well as vitamin C and beta-carotene.

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