Simple Foods

Just a few days before Christmas, we will be moving into our new house. I know… it’s a crazy time of year to be moving. One of the things I will not be worrying about is the menu. My plan is to cook and serve simple foods.

These past four months have been, ummm, interesting. We sold our last home in 10 days and had to find a place to stay until our new small ranch home was finished. So we found a small, one-bedroom apartment and stored all of our furniture except our couch, bed and kitchen stuff.

We are so happy to be moving into the house we helped design. It is perfect for us. Small, compact and everything on one level. Timing is less than perfect since I doubt I will be unpacked by Christmas Day. But I have made a deal with my somewhat perfectionistic self. I will be grateful to be in my new house and have my family there, boxes and all.

So back to the food. Although I would prefer to make several dishes (I am Italian after all), I will be making simple but delicious foods, as always, focusing on whole foods. Roasted chicken, sweet potatoes, lots of organic veggies… simple foods.

My real joy will be spending time with our two daughters, son and their families. Nothing brings a smile to my face faster than seeing our grown children. We have kept the same ritual since they were young of opening presents and stockings late Christmas morning. And I will annoy them with my photo taking, as usual.

What is your Christmas ritual?Roasted Chicken

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Birthday Coming Soon

Next week is going to be my birthday. I’ll be turning 58 on Thursday which is a big deal. Not because of the actual age, but because of the roller coaster year I’ve had medically. If you’ve been following my posts, you know that I was diagnosed about a year and a half ago with a rare disease.  It turns out that is genetically linked to my connective tissue disease which is also genetic. Talk about a gene pool! And… I passed all those lovely genes on to both my daughter and son!

Anyway, as I am about to turn 58, I have been reflecting over this past year. I lost my right kidney, experienced dozens of anaphylactic episodes, spent way too many days in ICU and so many ER visits that the staff at Albany Med ER began to recognize me as the EMS crew rolled me in on the stretcher. I had a port-a-cath surgically implanted in my left chest for home IV infusions and spent a good deal of time in Boston where most of my specialists are located.

Through all of this craziness, I was able to maintain a very positive attitude, continue my daily meditation practice, feed my body whole foods that made me feel more energetic, spend time with family and friends, use all of my self-soothing techniques that I teach my clients and feel blessed and grateful.

The biggest blessing of the entire year was that even during the worst times, I was able to maintain my health coaching practice. I wrote an 8-week online e-course that is soon to be released from my hospital bed. I continued my blog, my article writing and even seeing clients! I often would call from the ER to cancel their sessions, to reschedule as soon as I was discharged. I have the most amazing and understanding clients!!

I absolutely believe that my Mindful Eating, meditation, self-soothing techniques, family and friend support and my positive attitude are all what has kept me going. Please share with me what you do for you.birthday candles



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