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5 Ways to Spend Earth Hour

Earth Hour began in 2007, as a way to get people to think about energy conservation.

At first a small, symbolic effort, the event has since become much bigger, with participants coming up with new ways to show their support of conservation.

Every bit helps – installing more efficient light bulbs, engaging in less frivolous travel, shutting off electronics when not in use, turning down the thermostat on the hot water, heat and air conditioning — all these changes save energy and, incidentally, save you tons of money too!

This year, Earth Hour is set for Saturday, March 28, between 8:30pm and 9:30pm, your local time.


Enjoy Earth Hour with these energy-saving ideas: 

  1. Candlelight Dinner – Enjoy diner sans the lights. Prepare the whole meal and set the table in advance. Light some candles and enjoy an intimate dinner together discussing the mission of Earth Hour and what it means to you. Whether it’s with your honey, your family, or just a friend or two, you’ll be sure to enjoy. Another option is Fondue! Great meal with no electricity.
  2. Go Stargazing – Earth Hour is an opportunity to view the stars without competing with the lights from buildings and homes. Borrow an astronomy book from the library and see if you can find constellations and planets as a family.
  3. Flashlight Stroll – Go for a walk around your neighborhood with a flashlight. You can use this as an opportunity to politely inform neighbors with their lights on that it is Earth Hour and what that means.
  4. Throw a Dark Party – Invite family and friends over to celebrate Earth Hour together. Earth Hour lands on a Saturday so why not use the day to get together and celebrate together. Ask your friends and family to turn off their lights and unplug unnecessary electronics before leaving their house.
  5. Game Night – Gather the family and friends for an epic night of games by candlelight? It’s sure to be a memorable Hide-n-go-Seek anyone?

For more information see the Official Earth Hour Website


5 Questions to Put Sizzle Back into Your Relationships

Chere and Ady

  1. Who are the three people in your life who matter the most to you?
  2. Do they know they matter most?
  3. How much energy and care do you put into these three important relationships?
  4. How can you invest more deeply and with more meaning in these important relationships?
  5. What is the ONE action step you need to take today to “sizzle up” one relationship?


“Our relationships are simply our thoughts!”
— Chere Bork,


Abundant Monday



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Jude’s Green Smoothie

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You’ve been wanting to get on the green smoothie bandwagon. Time to try the best green smoothie ever.It’s good enough for your non-smoothie lovers. Plus, it extra healthy, fast and an incredible 8 servings of fruits. You didn’t know eating fruits could be so deliciously easy did you.

Will and Lydia loved dumping in the ingredients and giving the blender a whirl. Will slurped his up and could have easily had another one.

Will and Lydia loved dumping in the ingredients and giving the blender a whirl. Will
slurped his up and could have easily had another one.

The bonus of this recipe? Hemp seeds. They taste a little like a sunflower seed or pine nut. They contain a boatload of protein, (6 whopping grams in two tablespoons) fiber, vitamins and minerals and all 20 of the essential amino acids, including 9 essential ones! This super food would be a great idea to eat every day. And what better way than to plop them in your smoothie!

Send us your favorite smoothie recipe and we will give it a whirl.

Judes Green Smoothie
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  1. 1 cup orange juice (or any light colored 100% fruit juice)
  2. 2 tbsp hemp seed hearts (optional)
  3. 2 cups baby spinach or kale
  4. 1 ripe banana (or an apple)
  5. 2 cups frozen pineapple
  6. 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (optional)
  1. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender in the order listed and blend for a few minutes until smooth. If the consistency is too thick to blend, add a bit more juice. Don’t add too much because the ingredients become thinner after it blends for a few minutes. If you want it thicker, add more frozen fruit (rather than ice). This recipe makes 3 1/2 cups with the yogurt and 3 cups without the yogurt. Easily a serving for two.
Taste Life, with Chere Bork http://cherebork.com/blog/
This recipe is from my special nutrition friend Judes.


MIA A Coaching Client is Tasting Life

Mia Wolinsky Zazon RD

Mia Wolinsky-Zaron MS RD CDN feels lucky when she has a full work week, has squeezed in exercise and cooked dinner as many nights as possible. Mia feels lucky and loves her life as a Kosher Dietitian helping people become passionate as she is about fruits and vegetables. (She is VERY passionate.) And, helping people really enjoy the flavors of a kosher diet. You can reach her at Mia@KosherDietitian.com



4 Ways to Create More Luck in Your Life

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I finally went to my first meat raffle at the Chanhassen American Legion. I was shocked at the number of people sitting in a bar racing horses, playing pull tabs and enthusiastically gambling for a few pounds of meat on a Sunday afternoon. It was “Meat Mania.” I had to go and “test my luck.” You see I really believe I am lucky. I didn’t win a hunk of meat but had a delightful conversation with a Legion “regular” about orthopedic surgeons! This MD referral was a better win than a hunk of meat.

When I was younger we would search our lawn for hours for four leaf cloves. Do kids even sit outside anymore? Back in 1968 I did not believe I was lucky as looking back I felt we were taught what was wrong with the world rather than what was right with the world.

When did I become luckier?

In 2000, when I became a student of the Law of Attraction. You attract to your life whatever you give your attention, focus and energy to whether it is positive or negative!

How does the Law of Attraction work?

At every minute we are sending out vibes. A vibe is short for vibration. A vibe is a mood or feeling. Every moment we are sending out a positive or negative vibe and at every moment the Law of Attraction is responding to that vibration by giving us more of the same.

Event > Word > Thoughts > Vibes > Result

If you want to change your result you need to change your mood or feeling by changing your thoughts. So let’s use the Law of Attraction formula. Today I got behind a school bus and I was already running late for aqua aerobics. Picture a giant dictionary above your head. You get to pick one word that describes every event. I picked late. My negative thoughts were, “This sucks as Carolyn is my fav teacher.” My vibe was frustrated and the result was I was anxious and if I would have had food in the car I would have eaten it.

I could pick the same word “late.” But my positive thoughts were, “It is ok I will be late, and this may be the only time all day I get to relax and do nothing.” My vibe was I was feeling content and the result…I relaxed and had fun trying to pick out which kids would go with which parents. I stayed in the present “worryless.”

Here are 4 tips to a luckier more positive life.

  1. I put positive thoughts in my mind every day.
  2. I proactively choose my words and actions. And, I believe I am always going to win. (I struggle and I work on this every day.) If you think you are lucky you are. Here are a few examples of “Chere Luck.”   Read more.
  3. I expect abundance every day. The happiest people I know seem to have rituals that start and end their day. I start and end every day with my energy alignment technique and creating abundance for myself and all the people I work with that day.

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4. I use positive visualization. Every time I receive a Kohl’s coupon I picture a 30% under the sticker. And, I say I will win 30%. I have received only one 20% off in the last six month. I am grateful.

Do you believe the glass is half full or half empty? I am grateful I just have a glass. I started to sign my emails “Amazingly Blessed” and all day I feel those words. Give it a try. James Allen says in As a Man Thinketh, “Man does not attract that which they want, but that which they are. His wishes are answered when they harmonize with his thoughts and actions.”

So who are you?

How lucky are you? That depends on your beliefs. The way to predict your future is to create it. Dump your Negative Nelly today. Wishing you abundant luck! Write to us and tell us your lucky stories. We will do a prize drawing for all the entries for a Starbucks gift card.


5 Ingredients for Being Happy from the 5 Ingredients for Healthy Living Cookbook

We all want to be happy. The good news is you don’t need to buy it. Your daily actions can create it.

1. Know your purpose

Create everyday with meaning whether it is learning a new health habit like lifting weights, a new hobby, or an action aligned with your values like teaching your kids how to cook. Studies show that happiness lies at the intersection of pleasure and meaning. Engage in significant activities that you really enjoy.

2. Appreciate what you have

Gratitude sparks happiness! Make a list once a day of three things you are grateful for. Say thank you to people. Look around you and notice how lucky and blessed you are.

ID-100354723.Use your strengths and get in the flow

Maximize your positive qualities like being creative or intuitive – those things that are innately great about you. Use your strengths for a hobby, activity or sport that absorbs you. That feeling where the clock stands still and you are so into what you are doing has been defined as “flow.”

4. Focus on doing not owning

Money buys stuff but it does not buy happiness. Invest in experiences not stuff. Volunteering, or helping a neighbor will give you a “helper high.”More happiness is created spending time with others than spending money on yourself.

5. Develop caring relationships

Happiest people have strong supportive relationships, good friends and strong families. It is not enough to collect friends but rather develop caring, compassionate relationships. To make a friend you have to first be a friend. Don’t forget to treasure your family.

Ps: We think the best happiness is waking up and saying, “Wow I’m healthy and have confidence to do anything!”


Drink coffee, eat eggs but lay off the added sugar

Yay! On February 10, 2015, the long awaited Dietary Guidelines for Americans were published. These guidelines affect school lunch programs and congregate living, the way food companies will advertise their products, and the nutrition advice provided by the 73,000 members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. They also provide guidelines for the nutrition facts label. They affect every aspect of your food life.


The report looks at caffeine for the first time. Our local Caribou Coffee will be happy that coffee was given a green light. They concluded that a daily cup or two of coffee may help protect against Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The panel also says that there is strong evidence that 3 to 5 cups a day can be part of a healthy diet. The report recommends pregnant women limit caffeine to two cups of coffee a day, but check with your doctor first. Action: First step, become aware of how many cups of coffee you are actually drinking. Note the word cup as in eight ounces not as in carafe! One little creamer adds 20 calories and if you use two creamers a day that results in five pounds a year!

Added sugar

They should not account for more than “10 percent of total energy.” Here’s the math. The average American diet recommendation is about 2000 calories per day. 10 percent of 2000 equals 200 calories. 200 calories of sugar equals 50 grams. Action: Read your food labels, especially on soft drinks, sports drink, specialty coffee drinks, dessert-type grains (fancy word for donuts and pastries). A can of soda pop has 35 grams of sugar! Think about drinking more water. I am lovin’ sparkling water with a splash of 100% cranberry or cherry juice.

Plant Based Diet

Sustainability was addressed for the first time. The committee concluded that a plant-focused diet promotes health and is more environmentally sustainable. A diet that is plant based includes fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, as well as fish and low-fat dairy. Action: Have a Meatless Monday for your evening meal. Eat 4 ½ cups of fruit and veggies a day. All right, how about a fruit or vegetable for each meal to start. And, eventually eat a fruit and vegetable for each meal.


The report reversed decades of warnings about dietary cholesterol, it is “not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.” For most healthy people, an egg a day doesn’t raise the amount of unhealthy cholesterol in your blood. It’s very important to point out that the committee is not negating the risks of high levels of LDL in your blood. A high LDL level is associated with risk of heart attack. Maybe we will see the banished high cholesterol foods like shrimp and lobster make a comeback. Action: Enjoy eggs for breakfast. Please be adventurous and add some kale, chia seeds, hemp seeds or quinoa to your eggs.

Saturated fat

It should not exceed 10 percent of total calories. Fat is a calorie giant and provides 9 calories per gram unlike sugar which provides 4 calories per gram. 200 calories of fat equals 22 grams which is the goal for the average American. Action: Read the saturated fat content on your food labels. Track the amount you eat for one week day and one weekend.


With the average American eating around 3,400 milligrams of sodium daily, the committee recommends trying to reduce sodium intake by 1000 milligrams a day to 2,300 milligrams a day. Action: Eat more foods without wrappers and packages. Shop around the outside of the grocery store. Read labels. A turkey sandwich and cup of soup can average 2200 milligrams.


Instead of your hunk of meat being the center of attention on your dinner plate, serve your veggies with meat as the side dish. Action: Always serve 2 veggies with your dinner. Put shredded carrots in your spaghetti sauce. Consider doubling the amount of oatmeal in your meatloaf recipe. Or, add wild rice or quinoa to your burgers.

The major focus of this report is not nutrients, rather the whole diet. But none of this really matters. Unless you make a conscious decision to be happy, healthy and extra-ordinary you may be kind of unhappy, unhealthy and just average! Better get busy! Happy Nutrition Month Everyone!

Originally Written For: http://www.swnewsmedia.com/chanhassen_villager/news/opinion/drink-coffee-eat-eggs-but-lay-off-the-added-sugar/article_fd9ad634-34b6-5e40-8ed4-31f7a940dad1.html


Luck is a more of a matter of choice over chance.

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Luck is a more of a matter of choice over chance. If you think you are lucky…you are! Here are a few examples of “Chere Luck.”

I was at a Norwex event and they were doing a raffle. I announced to my entire table, “I always win.” You bet everyone stared at me. They pulled more and more numbers and I was not winning. I could feel everyone looking at me at my table. But I just knew I would. And. I. Did.

There was a lottery for ten people to hike the Waikamoi Preserve in Maui. I knew Gary had to enter as I just knew he would win. He did. He didn’t go on the trip because it was only a month away and the airfare was very expensive.

Julie ThomaFor weeks a flyer from Alexandria, Minnesota sat on the island. Gary hates paper and wanted to throw it away. I said “no” I have to enter the family fun weekend contest. I was notified of winning the weekend for four on Sept 11th. The Chamber of Commerce lady assured me she had selected my winning entry on the Saturday before 9/11.



This fall, I was at the Chanhassen bank with my friend Julie Thoma. They were doing a raffle drawing to celebrate their anniversary. I told Julie I would win. I felt a little embarrassed that I did not “win” at the bank. But a few days later they called me and told me I won a s’more party. Yay! I expected to win.

We would love to hear what you have won!