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Savor Your Life Series: Meet Alise Sjostrom, Cheesemaker/President of Redhead Creamery, LLC

Are you living your dream life on purpose like Alise Sjostrom Cheesemaker and President of the Redhead Creamery?

 “You love what you do don’t you?” Alise responded, I LOOVE what I do!” I could tell!  Alise had boundless energy, unspoken enthusiasm and a twinkle in her eye!

As a Dairy Nutrition Communicator, I was lucky enough to visit the Jer-Lindy Farm and Redhead Creamery in Brooten, Minnesota. Their farm is a quick two-hour ride from the Twin Cities through beautiful central Minnesota countryside.

They milk 180 cows and flow the milk directly to their cheese plant as cows are being milked. They offer tours on Fridays and Saturdays at 12:30 pm for just $5.00 per person. You can eat a small cheese-centric lunch and buy their great tasting cheese to take home. Their Ridiculously Good Cheese Curds are distributed all over Minnesota.

Check out their online store for their other cheeses available in the Midwest. 

 


This is Alise and her sisters:

Since 1983, Alise’s parents Jerry and Linda have owned the Jer-Lindy Farm. Ever since she was a teenager, Alise had a dream of opening up a creamery on the farm. She followed her dream by attending the University of Minnesota and moved to Vermont to learn more about creameries and cheese plants. In 2013 Redhead Creamery (named after Alise’s beautiful red hair) was opened.

The farm and the creamery are a family affair. Alise and her husband work side by side with her parents. When you visit their farm you feel like you are visiting family. You can feel their love for each other, their animals and what they do.

Everyone I know wants to be happier and Alise seemed to hold the secret to being happy.

Why is she so happy? She wakes up every morning to live her purpose.


Study after study shows the importance of having a sense of purpose. We live in this “Facebook comparatitis world.”  One recent study found that living your life with a sense of purpose could make you less likely to rely on external validation (in this case via Facebook “likes”) for your well-being.

Research conducted at the University of Rochester has shown that having a sense of purpose in life not only increases the quality of our lives but may also help us to live longer — regardless of our age.

Discovering your purpose like Alise, boils down to the one or two things that you love that are bigger than you. We are not born with purpose; it is cultivated and takes time, patience and resilience.  It is an ongoing process.

Alise looks happy.

I interviewed Alise to learn more about what puts a sparkle in her heart and gives meaning to her life.

What were you passionate about as a child?

I really enjoyed life as a child. I was very active in 4-H showing dairy cattle and was competitive in both basketball and track. My parents tell me I was always very happy and smiling. 

What makes you forget the world around you even forget to eat?

I forget about the outside world when I am down in my cheese make room, watching milk circle around in the cheese vat and the birds out on our pond. I have a great view (which doesn’t involve cars or people!) 

What is your typical day like?

It’s never the same. Right now, I always attempt to wake up early even when I’m not making cheese. With a 15-month-old, that doesn’t always happen. On cheese make days, I am up at 4:15 am, have breakfast and start receiving milk (while they are being milked) in the cheese plant. I have 30 minutes during pasteurization time, so I will run in and help get my kids ready for daycare, then come back out and continue with the cheese making. In between, I am responding to emails, receiving phone calls and planning out social media posts for the week.

What do you do to reset your energy?

I take a good long nap or go for a 2-mile walk. I also attend 1Million Cups every Wednesday morning – it’s a great group of entrepreneurs learning from each other over several cups of coffee.

What is on your bucket list?

Standing on the stage at the American Cheese Society awards ceremony – accepting a ribbon for one of my cheeses. And visiting Alaska with my family!

How do you want to be remembered?

I would like to be remembered as a kind person with integrity. 

 Everyone wants to be like Alise… fulfilled and living a life with true meaning.


Disclosure: My trip to Redhead Creamery was sponsored by Midwest Dairy. I wanted to write this post and share Alise and her creamery with my readers and was not paid to write this post.

5 questions you can ask yourself to get started discovering your purpose.

  1. What did you love doing as a child?
  2. What makes you forget to eat? What activity do you get so immersed in that times passes without you realizing it?
  3. If you did not have a  job, how would you choose to fill those hours?
  4. If you knew you were going to die a year from now, what would you do differently to be remembered?
  5. What is on your bucket list? This list will show you what activities are important and emotionally fulfilling.

 Remember like Joseph Campbell states, “Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it.” 

Here to help you discover your purpose!

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Is your life being consumed by your lifestyle?

My Facebook friends are always on vacation! I am jealous! My Facebook friends are always drinking great wine or dining on scrumptiously looking food! And don’t forget the beautiful pools and sand beaches they are laying by. I am jealous!

Sometimes Facebook makes me feel like I need a better life. I ask, “What is wrong with my life?” I was feeling sad and down after reading Facebook posts and then I started to realize that my Facebook friends are sharing their “lifestyle” the outside part of their life and not their “life” the inside part of their life. Have you thought about what is the price of your lifestyle costing you?

Today is National Make Life Beautiful Day.

A day dedicated to celebrating people who are making life beautiful for themselves and others around them. A great day to define the difference between a “ life” and a “lifestyle.”

A lifestyle is:

  • Your self-esteem comes at the mercy of others opinion of your life
  • External values are adopted to be accepted by others and often they are not what you really believe in
  • It can be expensive and can drain your energy

Sometimes people have a strong personality but they are missing a strong sense of themselves and who they are. So they accrue and get more and more and it takes more and more to get fulfilled by their lifestyle. Sometimes people spend money so they don’t have to address problems in their life.

A life is:

  • Your self-esteem comes from inside of you and is not based on what others say
  • You have created a life based on values and things that are important to you
  • It is not expensive and does not drain your energy

What do you choose? A life or a lifestyle?

If you choose a lifestyle you are turning control of what you wear, drive, eat and do to others to judge you. They respond to the image you project. That image can change.

If you choose a life, you are living out what you believe based on your own beliefs. You do not care about how you are being perceived by others as you are being true to yourself.

Living your life aligned with your values will give you more joy than a certain lifestyle. You don’t care what others think. You don’t need others to validate you to help you feel good about yourself.  Facebook posts will not bother you.

The key question to ask is “How much of my life is being consumed by my lifestyle?” Click To Tweet

As Thomas Leonard, the founder of www.coachu.com  states, “There is nothing wrong with having a lifestyle. But make sure you have it and it does not have you.”

What do you get in exchange if you give up some of the things you identify yourself with? You could get some of your life back. What’s the price of that? Priceless! Start living your great life today!

How have you started to live your life instead of a lifestyle? We can’t wait to hear.

 

 

 

Source: Life versus lifestyle ideas adopted from Thomas Leonard, Coachu my wonderful coaching school

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Power Up Muffin Cups

Our favorite month JUNE! Not only has summer officially begun but it is dairy month! Growing up a Wisconsin “Cheesehead” I absolutely adore dairy and eat it every single day! Join the Dairy 3 for Me Pledge and grab your 3 recommended servings of dairy by enjoying some of your favorite dairy foods every day like milk, cheese and yogurt! This recipe is a #dairygood winner and perfect to start your pledge! You will thank me!

Everyone in my house loves strata with the savory combination of our favorite foods like eggs, milk and cheese. Yet we only seem to have time to prepare it for Sunday brunch. These high protein mini stratas only have to soak ten minutes rather than over night for a satisfying breakfast any day of the week. Make a batch on Sunday and enjoy for the rest of the week. They freeze and reheat really well. I love preparing them ahead of time for company and serving with fresh fruit and a glass of chocolate milk.

Power Up Muffin Cups
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Ingredients
  1. 8 large eggs
  2. 1/4 cups Greek yogurt
  3. 1 tsp onion powder
  4. 1 tsp garlic powder
  5. ½ teaspoon salt
  6. ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  7. 1/1/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  8. 1/3/4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  9. 1 ½ cups frozen, chopped broccoli, thawed
  10. ½ cups cubed whole grain bread
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat a standard 12 cup nonstick muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Beat the eggs and yogurt until thoroughly combined in a large bowl. Whisk in the onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir in ¾ cup of the mozzarella cheese, all the Cheddar cheese, the broccoli and the bread; mix thoroughly.
  3. Let stand for ten minutes. Stir thoroughly, and divide the mixture evenly among prepared cups.( The cups will be about two-thirds full.) Top evenly with the remaining ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
  5. You can easily use gluten free bread to make this strata gluten free. And, you could sub in ham for the broccoli. Use ingredients your families love.
Notes
  1. This recipe would absolutely perfect for any meal on the run. Just pair with a glass of milk and some fruit and you are good to go!
Taste Life, with Chere Bork http://cherebork.com/blog/
This recipe would absolutely perfect for any meal on the run. Just pair with a glass of milk and some fruit and you are good to go!

This delicious recipe is from the Dairy Good Cookbook: Everyday Comfort Food from America’s Dairy Farm Families which celebrates 47,000 dairy farm families including many from Minnesota.

 


Check out when I popped into KARE 11 TV and prepared this easy delish dairy dish.

Watch The Gift of Home Cooked Meals.

 

 

 


I am a Midwest Dairy Nutrition Communicator and was not paid to write this post. I want you to know I really do adore dairy!

We can’t wait to hear what you favorite breakfast dairy recipe is!

Happy June Dairy Month!

 

 

@cherebork #dietitianlifecoach

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5 Simple Ways to Show Your Appreciation

Today we celebrate National Say Something Nice Day! Today is the perfect day to appreciate people around us.

They say love makes the world around, but what people are really starving for is appreciation. It is the foundation of a successful business, family life, and marriage. It is the balance between giving and receiving. Receive value and show your appreciation. In the business world, you will have increased customer loyalty, and a more dedicated staff. In family life, your home will be more joyful and happy.

  1. Say Thank You.
    Anytime someone provides you with value, thank them. Do it verbally, write an email, send a card, leave a voice mail.
  2. Focus on the Positive.
    Appreciate what is good when talking to someone, not what is not good. What you focus on becomes bigger and bolder.
  3. Ask How You Can Make Their Day.
    Be sincere and you will be surprised at what is needed.
  4. Use Your Gifts To Show Appreciation.
    Appreciating others should be easy, not hard. Do you what you do best and people will know that you do care.
  5. Date Your Spouse or Partner
    Successful people have a cheerleader supporting them through good times and bad times. Show your spouse you do appreciate them and create a date “just because” you care. Gary and I “date” and that means when we do errands we kiss at stoplights. We have been doing that for 35 years.

I would love for you to meet my team!

I appreciate John Grotz who has been my IT administrator since he was 14. I appreciate his constant non-judgmental support no matter what I mess up on my computer. He has the patience of a saint and can figure out anything and everything with my computer! I don’t buy computers he builds me a new one when I need one.  Thank you John! 

I appreciate Jane Hogan my bookkeeper since 2011 who keeps our books “squeaky clean.” She was truly understanding, patient and compassionate when I suffered my concussion. Thank you Jane!

 

I appreciate Stephanie Hofhenke & Tara Curtin with String Marketing. They are my go to gals that manage my social media, blog posts and website. They take away all my technology stress so I can focus on what I love doing most!

They make my content come alive and make it easy for me to communicate with my network. Thank you Stephanie and Tara!

 

I appreciate Krista Ulatowski MPH, RDN who is my fellow Cheesehead Registered Dietitian friend who inspires and guides my presence on social media and always is giving me practical ideas. She is the Seattle based owner of KUcumber Nutrition Communications, creating and implementing marketing, communications and public relations programs for health, wellness and food companies. Thank you Krista! 

I appreciate Jaci Pierce who has been my newsletter manager since 2004. She is always proactive, so easy to work with and can solve any newsletter challenge. Thank you Jaci!

I appreciate my daughter Danielle for her many years of editing my articles, and creating all my Power points and handouts for talks and tallying my hundreds of evaluations without one complaint no matter what! Thank you Danielle! 

And finally, I could not do my life without my blue eye rock husband Gary who always seems to know what I need before I do. I cherish having a husband who is a step ahead of me. Thank you sweetheart!

Who do you appreciate? How do they know you appreciate them?

#SaySomethingNiceDay  

@cherebork  #dietitianlifecoach

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National Brown-Bag-It Day

Just in the nick of time when your “lunch palate” needs a kick start after the long school year, we are celebrating National Brown Bag It Day which is observed every May 25th!

A few days ago I was making sandwiches for the homeless and the smell of the bread brought me right back to my grade school days. Every day in grades one through eight I enjoyed a sandwich made of white bread slathered with mayo and topped with Wisconsin cheese tucked into a wax paper bag. Often, when I smell mayo I am reminded of my grade school sandwich. Mom never thought of making me something different and I never asked. My friend Jill Murphy often had Pop Tarts which mom did not believe in buying. We never had any processed or packaged food at our house and we topped off our lunches with an apple and a homemade peanut butter cookie.

So, if you are tired of the same old sandwich or maybe your new resolution is to start eating lunch you will enjoy these lunch box ideas from my Registered Dietitian Nutritionist friends. Taking your lunch to work or school is really one of the best ways to get the best nutrition for your buck and save you time and energy too.

#Brown-Bag-It Day


Lorraine Matthews-Antosiewicz, MS, RD

Check out Lorraine’s Chicken Burrito Bowl Mason Jar.

She recommends making a few of these jars ahead of time so you have a lunch that is grab and go. @NJnutrition


Lisa R Young, PhD, RD

Lisa loves a turkey avocado wrap on a whole grain tortilla. She fills it with mixed greens and her favorite veggies. (if you are a vegetarian, you can modify by substituting turkey for chick peas and hummus).

Here’s what Lisa loves about this quick lunch: Easy to prepare! Ready to transport!   Easy to eat! And super healthy- good protein, good fats, whole grains, fiber and antioxidants! Filling and yummy!

She recommends your favorite berries for dessert. @drlisayoung


Jeanne Petrucci, MS, RDN

Jeanne’s nutrition practice Living Plate Nutrition Education and Counseling Center New Jersey conducts lots of community nutrition education programming and brown bag lunches are a very popular class. Parents are always looking for ways to make wholesome foods more appealing to their families.  

Jeanne’s team has a formula that can turn any brown bagged lunch into a meal worthy of a child’s discriminating food selection. They call it the New Brown Bag!

They recommend four ounces of the main food and combining with an accent food which results in a healthy portable snack or meal ready to bring out the kid in anyone. #Fun! @livingplate


Kathleen Oswalt, MS, RDN, LD, CLT

Kathleen aka “Your Food Sensitivity Detective” is excited to share Chickpea of the Sea Salad which is a cool faux tuna salad. It offers a nice crunch from the chickpeas, celery and green onion and a light summer flavor that comes from adding lemon juice, capers, and dill.

She recommends adding it to a nice big green salad, or spread on whole wheat bread or rice crackers if you are gluten free. Don’t forget to add your favorite fruit to your lunch for that extra something of a little sweet!


Holley Grainger MS RD

Holley the “RD Lunch Box Expert” loves BLT Skewers where crunchy lettuce, juicy tomato, and crispy bacon all come together to create one delicious sandwich–except on a skewer to “glamorize” the traditional sandwich. Holley recommends packing them for your kid’s lunch or serving them as an appetizer. And, perfect for summer lunch picnics too.

Holley’s recipe for Pb and Strawberry Sushi will have you looking like an all-star mom in no time. All you need is a tortilla, peanut butter, and some strawberries. Only 3 ingredients and 5 minutes to impress your kids!

Need more lunch box ideas? Check out Holley’s 125 Healthy Lunchboxes for kids. @holleygrainger


What’s your favorite lunchbox idea? We can’t wait for you to share! Happy Brown Bag It Day Everyone!

 

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The Power of Appreciation – The Key to Standing Out in the Crowd

Everyone I know wants “success” however they define it. But, have you ever thought of what success means without special friends to enjoy and celebrate life with? I am known to say, “Relationships oxygenate life,” and who really cares about “the money or the job” if you can’t share it with people you love. 

William James a well- known psychologist said, “The deepest principle of human nature is a craving to be appreciated.” Our deepest needs are to be accepted, acknowledged and appreciated. We manage what we measure. Do you measure how you make people feel or how they make you feel?

We care when our friends are fine and worry when they are not. We show people we care by the actions we take. My favorite way I show people I care and appreciate them is by leaving a singing happy birthday voice mail. I love doing this but LOVE it even more when people call me and sing happy birthday. (Thank you sweet sisters and Tim Thoma!

Every year on my birthday, my God mom Aunt Doris calls me and plays happy birthday on her violin. Isn’t she a beauty! She is 89 years young!

Many  years ago my friend Justine Philllips (whom I met in aqua aerobics class and always came 20 or 30 minutes late and disrupted class EVERY time) called and left me a happy birthday singing voice mail. For two months I played Justine’s deep male-sounding voice singing me happy birthday. I was stumped! It was Justine Phillips! She got me.

Justine happily retired from Carver County and began to teach at a college. She was born to be a teacher as she taught all of us how to live outrageously. Shortly after she “refired” with her new college teaching profession she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had treatments and a huge bra burning ceremony that was written up in the local paper and she seemed to get better.  Her breast cancer returned.

I have certain birthday dates set in my Outlook to remind me to call and sing happy birthday. February 4th was Justine’s birthday. I was too busy and I didn’t call. Every day the reminder came up and every day I was going to call. I was too busy, or needed to “do it later.”

Justine died on February 16th, without me singing happy birthday! Years later I still have her birthday reminder set in my Outlook. I lost! I lost out on connecting with Justine one last time. When was the last time you let your friends know that you love and care about them? When was the last time you told them why you appreciate them?

When you smile, or give a sincere compliment you are making the recipient’s world a better place. At the end of the day we all want to simply give and receive love.

Showing appreciation is a way to get ahead in your work world. People have to know, like and trust you. Is there an easier way to get to know people then to appreciate them?

Positive words beset more positivity (the secret to happiness.) Focus on what people are doing right instead of wrong. What you give you get in return.  The more you show appreciation the more people will appreciate you.

Live today to your fullest with no regrets because tomorrow is not promised! #dietitianlifecoach |… Click To Tweet

Justine held the patent on making a late and grand entrance and she now holds the patent on not taking the next day for granted. Emails and stuff can always wait. So, remember to keep special people close to you before it is too late! My coaching advice for you is to live today to your fullest with no regrets because your tomorrow is not promised.

How do you show your appreciation to others? We can’t wait to hear!

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Jen Haugen’s Chicken Sausage Scramble

This month I want to highlight Jen Haugen, RDN, LD the Down to Earth Dietitian and mom who adores her family by creating amazing meals to nourish their bodies and soothe their spirits. Her recipes are practical for the busy on the go mom and perfect for you too!

Tired of your same old breakfasts?

Instead of toast and eggs try Jen’s
Chicken Sausage Scramble with lots of scrumptious veggies oozing with tasty nutrition. This dish would be an easy meal to whip up quickly after work too. Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner?   To save precious after work time, dice the onion, red pepper and sweet potato before you head to work or the evening before. Check out Jen’s You Tube video for her demo of this tasty dish.

 

Jen Haugen’s Chicken Sausage Scramble
Chicken Sausage Scramble with lots of scrumptious veggies oozing with tasty nutrition.
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Ingredients
  1. Non-stick cooking spray
  2. ½ cup diced chicken apple sausage
  3. ¼ cup diced onion
  4. ¼ cup diced red pepper
  5. ¼ cup diced sweet potato
  6. 4 eggs
  7. 2 tablespoons fat-free milk
  8. ½ cup chopped fresh spinach leaves
  9. Salt and black pepper, to taste
  10. 2 whole wheat English muffins, split, toasted
Instructions
  1. Coat a nonstick skillet with nonstick spray; heat over medium. Add the sausage, onion, red pepper, and sweet potato and cook, covered, stirring often, until vegetables are tender (test a chunk of sweet potato to be sure).
  2. Meanwhile, beat eggs with milk in a small bowl until blended. When the vegetables are tender, transfer them to a plate. Return the skillet to the burner; add the egg mixture and cook, stirring often, until eggs are softly scrambled. Off heat, stir in spinach, reserved sausage mixture, salt, and pepper. Serve immediately with a toasted English muffin half. Serves 4.
  3. Nutrition Facts per Serving: 210 calories, 10 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 240 mg cholesterol, 14 g protein, 18 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 410 mg sodium.
Taste Life, with Chere Bork http://cherebork.com/blog/

Jen Haugen, RDN, LD, is an award-winning registered dietitian nutritionist, speaker and author of the inspiring book, “The Mom’s Guide to a Nourishing Garden.”

She has been featured as a food and nutrition expert on media outlets like Food & Nutrition Magazine, Nutrition 411, and Today’s Dietitian. Jen empowers moms to live a more balanced life through workshops, retreats and online courses.  Her goal is to equip moms with tools that bring life into balance all while making meal planning a breeze, boosting confidence in the kitchen, and gardening for healthy plates.  Find her at www.jenhaugen.com.

Give this recipe a try! Jen and I can’t wait to hear how much you love it!

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5 May Makeover Secrets to Create More Positivity & Inner Abundance

Do you dread Monday mornings? Do you feel like you are stuck in a rut? Maybe it is time for a May Makeover. There is nothing like a new season to press the reset button of your life.  One of my favorite books of all time is, “As a Man Thinketh” by James Allen. The quote that resonates with me is “You attract who you are, not what you do.” So who are you? Who do you want to be?

Here are 5 steps to reset your positivity which truly is the secret to happiness.

  1. Create Quiet Time

Set aside quiet time for yourself to get centered, focused and reflect on what  and who you are grateful for.

  1. Surround yourself with people who are eagerly evolving.

They spark you and you spark them. Evolution occurs naturally.

  1. Take your gifts very seriously.

Design your life to fully develop them and express them.

Go to www.authentichappiness.org and take the VIA Survey (it is free)

  1. Choose a goal that is bigger than you.

Be pulled forward by it instead of pushing yourself.

  1. Create fun every day!

The more you live with ease and grace the more you will effortless attract to your life.  Monday is a great fun day to start your week and set your tone for the week.

What are you doing for your intentional May Makeover? Your spirit is waiting! So, are your family and friends!

@cherebork #dietitianlifecoach

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Happiness is Often Risky: 4 Steps to Take Risks

Today we celebrate National Take a Chance Day – a day that encourages us to break out of our comfort zone.

We all have goals and dreams. What if today the day is you take a chance or a risk to make your dreams happen?

I always knew I was not a “normal dietitian.” I will forever remember the day I realized it was not the food people were eating that was important, it was “what was eating them” that proved to be most important. With crystal clarity I remember providing an outpatient diet instruction at Waconia Hospital with a retired, extremely pleasant overweight woman who told me what she ate for dinner and that she always ate her dinner in the living room on her sofa. Wanting to explore “mindful eating” with her I asked her why she ate her dinners seated on her couch. With discouragement and sadness in her blue eyes (I always look at eyes and see if they match their shirt) she explained that her husband Harry ate his dinners in his Lazy Boy recliner while he watched TV.  She just wanted to be with him and grab a morsel of conversation after being (delete all) alone all day.  She was feeling all alone in her marriage and desired more togetherness and to feel more cherished. It was not the food that she was eating, but her loss of “togetherness” in her marriage.  She was grieving and that lead to her overeating and her disgust with getting on the scale.

It’s not what you are eating it’s what is eating you!

Looking back, I know I spent more of my outpatient diet instructions talking about mindsets and beliefs than I did about food. Sure, I showed patients those rubber food models, but they left with more than the portion sizes needed to achieve their new health goals.  They left with a new confidence to question their beliefs. My journey helping others continued until a key pivotal day – March 5, 1999 when I attended a Registered Dietitian meeting and there was “Life Coach” talking about life balance. I thought I do this! Am I a life coach? Three or four weeks later, I attended  a meeting  to learn about life coaching and got so excited I signed up on the spot spending over $3,000 to enroll in a life coaching course. If I signed up that day I could get the Co-Active Coaching book for free. (It cost $25.00)  I was so caught up in the excitement of this new adventure that I totally forgot about Gary. I can still remember driving down 494 and remembering I would need to tell Gary. Let’s just say Gary was not as excited as I was. I signed up and spent $3000.00 to get a free book! Excitedly, I called my dad and I will never forget what he said in disbelief, “…people pay people to talk on the phone? People are going to pay YOU to talk on the phone?” Even though I didn’t get much support, I took a risk! And there has been no turning back!

Many of us have taken risks that never paid off. I have invested in friendships, mastermind programs, speaker programs, graphic designers, and once even purchased a franchise to audit energy bills for companies… and wasted over $12,000 and many sleepless nights. But the bigger question is how many times have you and I lost a great opportunity because we were afraid of risk. Is your life on hold because you are waiting for the risk to diminish? Think about it, your risk could diminish but so could your opportunity.

Your ONLY limit is your desire!

Your only real limit is your desire. And sometimes to get what we want RISK is involved. Risk taking is essential to learning what our limits are and, to being our absolute best. 

4 Steps to Take a Risk

Here are a few ways to become a positive risk taker by Barbara Sahakian, a cool professor of clinical neuropsychology at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine who has discovered RISK TAKING is one of the primary behaviors that leads to the “good life.”

  1. Increase your risk tolerance. Take small risks that make you feel slightly uncomfortable. 
  1. Expect and prepare to fail. Determine the worst thing that can happen with a particular risk and come up with a plan to handle the failure.
  1. Become more risk aware. Just thinking and learning about risk taking may actually increase your chances of taking positive risks.
  1. Learn the routine/ risk balance that is best for you. Have your routine life filled with some positive risk taking and excitement. A healthy thriving life requires both risk and routine and you need to find the right balance for you.

Author Eria Jong reminds us, “If you don’t risk anything you risk even more.” She is right!

My risk back in 2000 has provided me with priceless happiness, a deep life satisfaction helping others combined with a flexible work life while earning much more money than I ever imagined as a Registered Dietitian…all because I took a risk! 

What is one small risk you would be willing to take today to create the life you were meant to live?

Today is the day you buy that plane ticket, tell your special person you truly love them, or create your business plan.

We can’t wait to hear.

Love Chere

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.  So throw off the bowline, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover.  ~ Mark Twain

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Dairy is a Clear Choice for Clean Eating

“Clean eating” is a phrase that is everywhere but exactly what is it?  

While there’s no official definition set by the Food and Drug Administration for clean eating and not everything you read about it can be backed up by science, there are many personal interpretations of this popular diet-style. For many people, clean eating means a healthy, whole foods approach with minimally processed foods.  Clean eaters often crave a simplified lifestyle that is focused on more balance and well-being too.  It is a diet that focuses on the colors of the rainbow and whole foods without wrappers rather than foods that pop out of a box.  It is all about foods that nourish your body and soul. It is really simple…eating whole grains, fruits, veggies, lean protein, and dairy.

Clean eating is no longer a trend as a survey show that 29% of consumers claim that clean labels impact their food purchasing decisions.*Registered Dietitian Nutritionists would all agree that buying fresh, whole foods at your grocery store, food coop or farmer’s market is a great place to start. Eat with your eyes and eat the color of the rainbow.

In the survey the top two factors indicating a clean label were “no artificial ingredients/ flavors/ preservatives, and “ingredients easily read or recognized.”

If you are eating lots of processed foods you may want to read your labels more closely and become a “food detective” when you are grocery shopping.  When you buy packaged foods read the ingredient list and nutrition label. Example – canned tomatoes you can choose to buy tomatoes with citric acid (a preservative) in them or you can buy canned tomatoes that are only tomatoes without any preservatives.  

While the interest in clean eating seems to have boomed only recently, our fabulous dairy group has delivered “clean eating” all along. Milk has only 3 ingredients: milk, vitamins D and A. While milk alternatives like almond and soy beverage, contain 10 or more added ingredients, including salt, stabilizers, syrups, thickeners and sugar.

Milk is also a local food, taking only about two days to travel from farm to store, while milk alternatives can take weeks to get from the farm to your table. Not all milks are created equal. Read your labels to compare the nutrition of milk to milk alternatives.

Every type of milk delivers the same unmatched nutrition package.  The best news – milk delivers a nutritional win compared to milk alternatives with higher quality protein and often more absorbable calcium.  

Take the advice from Stephanie Cundith, MS, RD, LD  from Midwest Dairy who says, “Rather than spend time and money trying to find the latest, greatest ‘miracle’ food, look to your favorite dairy products including milk, cheese and yogurt for clean, nutritious eating.”

Amen to that!

I did not receive compensation to write this post but am a Midwest Dairy Ambassador and “Cheesehead” from Wisconsin who adores dairy and eats it every single day.

*Source: Food Technology Conference – Innova’s Top Ten Trends for 2016

Here’s to clean eating and living which nourishes your body, mind and spirit!

Resources:

Midwest Dairy Association – Milk Alternatives

Midwest Dairy Association – Dairy Delivers Clean Labels

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