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December, 2006

Give the Gift of Serotonin | Especially Easy Pomegranate Fruit Salad

Taste Life Newsletter

TASTE LIFE
E-Newsletter, December 2006

Welcome to TASTE LIFE!! Life is easy and we make it hard. The purpose of this ezine is to empower you to take charge of your health, have more work/life balance to create more time for YOU, and to fully taste the life you love.

IN THIS ISSUE

5 Things You Can Do In December
Holiday Gift Certificate
Coaching Questions that Could Change Your Life
End of the Year Coaching Exercise
Tasting Life Real People Example
Taste Life Balance December Recipe
Give Yourself the Free Gift of Serotonin
Where is Chere Speaking?

5 THINGS YOU CAN DO IN DECEMBER

Gift Yourself

  1. Savor your holiday cards by not reading them for a few days. Save your holiday cards like Monday through Wed and make a great cup of tea (my holiday card reading favorite is Trader Joe’s White Tea with Pomegranate) and mindfully savor them. You will remember these cards and letters longer than others.
  2. Go for a pomegranate and discover for yourself why this food is in the top ten list of “super foods.” Not sure what to do with it once you buy it? Click here for pomegranate ideas.
  3. Gift yourself with gratitude. Before you lay your head on your favorite pillow remember two delightful things, people or happenings you were grateful for that day. Even better to write them down. I bet you dream about these gifts.

Gift Others

  1. Quick!! Think of the top 3 people who make you feel more alive, happy and optimistic. Call them this month and thank them for being born. They are your important treasures in life — more important than money, stuff or success.

  2. Give a gift of wellness. Click here for a list of holiday gift ideas for less stress, better nutrition or more fitness.

Life, Health and Work Balance Coaching Gift Certificate

Know someone who is tired of being tired and is ready for 2007 to be their little slice of heaven? I can help! I am offering a 2007 Life Coaching Slice of Heaven Holiday Package.

One month of life coaching — three 45 minute telephone sessions — for $199.00 (valued at $250.00)

Click here and send me an email for more information.


CHERECOACH QUESTIONS THAT COULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE

How can you give your gift of energy to someone you treasure?

How can you give your best gift — YOUR TIME to someone you care about?

Click here (then press Send) to sign up for a complimentary 30-minute telephone coaching session — your first step toward a joy-filled, energizing life.


END OF THE YEAR COACHING EXERCISE

  1. Make a list of the top 10 accomplishments in 2006 that you are most proud of. (You can email me a copy!)
  2. Make a list of the mistakes, regrets, things you wished you hadn’t done or said in the past year. Clean up these mistakes if it is appropriate.
  3. Make a list of the top 5 people who made the most difference in your life. Let them know!
  4. Promise yourself not to think about January until December 26. Enjoy the magic of the season.

BETSY IS TASTING LIFE

“I did run the 10 mile race that’s held along with the marathon. I ran 10 minute miles, which was huge for me. It was a wonderful experience. When I realized that I was going to be able to finish the race, I started to cry. Then I got worried the race officials would think I had a medical problem and would yank me out of the course, so I dried my tears and grinned the rest of the way.”
—Betsy, coaching client of Chere

CHRISTY IS TASTING LIFE

“Chere, thank you for touching my life. I felt that working with you there were more colors in my rainbow. My two biggest wins have been feeling connected with my husband on every
level, making my home life and family my #1 priority and loving it, and learning how to let go. And, with your coaching I have the confidence to know the path and move to Illinois will be a good one. Thanks for doing what you do!”
—Christy, coaching client of Chere


Life is what you were born with, but LIVING is putting GIVING into your life.”
—Chere


TASTE LIFE BALANCE RECIPE OF THE MONTH

ESPECIALLY EASY POMEGRANATE FRUIT SALAD

In the 80’s and 90’s I used pomegranate seeds only as a garnish during the holidays to “pretty up” a boring spinach salad. Now pomegranates are on the top ten super food list; with virtuous virtues and antioxidant properties similar to red wine. I love red wine so thought why not “double up” my heart health support and eat a pomegranate while I drink my favorite red wine. So for weeks I have been experimenting for you, my dear Taste Life readers. I tried many versions of different vinegars with different oils and decided to forget the work of homemade and use a store bought version. (Life is easy and we make it hard!)

If you want to take the time to “savor your holiday” with “me time,” buy a bottle of your favorite red wine, and one pomergranate. Put on a dark colored top to avoid red stains and spoil yourself with self care. You can peel the pomegranate a day or two ahead of time and the seeds will keep in your fridge for at least week. Or you can “do” the pomegranate and whip up this delicious salad I served to Reid from the Anoka Hennepin School District on Monday for lunch.

Your favorite salad greens (love spinach and romaine)

Fruits
grapes, green or red, cut in half
Apple, pared and thinly sliced (love Granny Smith for colorful crunch)
dried cherries or dried cranberries (love Trader Joe’s craisins with orange flavor)
pomegranate seeds (lots probably π cup per salad)

Nuts
Walnuts or sliced almonds

Your favorite Raspberry Vinaigrette Salad Dressing (love Henri’s Fat Free Version)

Place your greens on your favorite salad plate. Top with fruit, nuts and your favorite dressing.

Serve with a warm soup, and warmer conversation.


GIVING THE FREE GIFT OF SEROTONIN - THE PRESENT OF YOUR PRESENCE

Holidays or holiDAAAZE!!!? Here comes the one big “DAZE” of the overwhelming rush of holiday overwhelm. We look forward to this all year. Are we crazy or what!!? I, too, am feeling more over-whelmed than usual and totally behind from a busy fall with speaking and coaching clients and having a little minor surgery in November! As I lay in my bed at night just “feeling” this sinking feeling of overwhelm I asked myself, “What do I need right now?" The answer! I need Dana! I need Dana!

My friend Dana
Dana is my friend who delights in each minute of her life. She lives in the now, always with a smile on her face and a question being asked. “When are we going shopping Chere?” “Can we go to Caribou for a coffee?” “Can we play Go Fish?” Because she lives in the now every minute is lived in; she doesn’t miss a minute. When you are with Dana you forget your worries, your big to do list and sometimes even your name!! Because Dana energizes you with her innocent BIG love of life! Dana is 18 and was born severally mentally impaired. However, the word "disability" doesn't mean inability. In fact she is all about “ability!”

Last Friday I asked Dana if she wanted to decorate my Christmas tree. Of course! She loved looking at the ornaments and asked many, many questions about them. Her questions brought back my treasured memories of who gave me the ornament or the trip I was on when I got it. Dana and I decorated the tree for an hour or two…no more. She wanted my Disney ornaments that I did treasure but knew Dana would treasure them more. Dana left with a bag of ornaments, but she also left me with the gift of goosebumps and feeling good. We shared our present of our presence. Dana and I shared the gift of serotonin. What the heck am I talking about? I’ll explain.

Serotonin
Serotonin is a chemical in your brain that is related to feeling good. (Feeling good for me is grand goosebumps.) When you are depressed, or sad, you often have low levels of serotonin. Research has shown that when you are on the “receiving end of goodness” your serotonin levels actually rise. However, the better news is that when you deliver your “goodness or gift of YOU,” your serotonin levels also rise almost equally. When you increase your serotonin levels, you lower your stress levels and actually increase your inner peace and joy. So if you are feeling dazed by these supposed holidays, give yourself the best gift — the gift of serotonin to yourself and to others.

Gift of Serotonin – Sharing your Presence of Being Present

Five Gifts that Don’t Cost a Cent

The Gift of Listening
You must really, really listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no getting ready to answer. Tell a special person you want to add value to their life and want them to talk for 5 minutes and you will just listen. (Gary loves this one…he is the husband who says, “You gave a talk today and talked to clients today and still need to talk to me?”)

The Gift of Affection
Be generous with appropriate hugs (look out serotonin), a pat on the back, or a high five.
If the person is not a great friend or family, ask, “May I give you a hug?” No one has ever said “no” to me. Do you love hugs? Maybe you love serotonin?

The Gift of Solitude
Sometimes even “Chere who loves chaos” wants to be left alone. Be sensitive to people you care about and give them the gift of quiet and solitude. Wrap up a gift certificate, with the words, “One afternoon of solitude — day and time selected by you.”

The Gift of a Written Note

Handwritten notes are a thing of the past. Write a “thank you for being born” note to someone special that you are care about or love. Can’t think of what to write? Write a top ten list of why they are special to you or why you love them. This quick note that you will write may be remembered for a lifetime or may even change a life. Imagine that!

The Gift of Your Presence

Give the gift of your energy and time to someone who you care about but you are too busy to show it. Offer to go grocery shopping, babysit the kids, make an extra batch of your favorite cookies, invite them over on the spur of a moment for a glass of your favorite wine . . .

The gift list is endless!! This holiday season share the present of your presence. At the same time, you’ll boost your own serotonin levels and have the most joyful holiday season of your life.

I wish you, my dear Taste Life reader, the most “savory serotonin goosebump” filled holiday season of your life. Remember life is a gift, IF you take the time to open it!


Where is Cherecoach speaking?

December 14, 2006 North Suburban Chapter IAAP, Make 2007 Your Little Slice of Heaven with Success Strategies and Goal Setting, Brooklyn Park, MN

December 20, 2006 Medtronic, 12 week telephone weight loss class Virtual Graduation Party

In September I was accepted into the National Speaker Association and this year I am enrolled in the NSA MN Graduate School.


Comments from the Ridgeview Medical Centet’s 4th Annual Women’s Healthy Balance Seminar, kNOw Your Way to Balance with Jane Anderson, CFNP:

“Loved your energy, enthusiasm and knowledge”
“The two of you together are DYNAMIC!”
“Felt like you were talking to your girlfriends”
“You both shared from your hearts”

Action steps after this program:

“Taking care of me starting today”
“I am going to say NO once a day.”
“I won’t believe what I always think”
“Remind myself to not be too hard of myself”

I am planning workshops and seminars for January and February. If you want to make 2007 Your Little Slice of Heaven, cajole your boss into having me present a few strategies to make 2007 your best year ever…Click here for a program objectives and description of the 2007 Heaven Program.

Don’t worry about 2007. I will be again offering my free teleclass, Make 2007 Your Best Year Ever, in January and February.

If you enjoy these coaching tips on on living in the present and giving your presence and want to help others, please forward this issue to your co-workers, staff, family and friends. I appreciate your support. Missed an article? Visit the archived editions at http://letters.webvalence.com/sites/TasteLife/

My passion is to empower you to have an easy life, radiating extraordinary health and well being. Can you feel it? Call today for a 30-minute complimentary coaching session. I guarantee one tip, tool, question or strategy that will make your life easier!!


You only have one life to live
~ imagine if it was one you loved.

Chere Bork, MS RD LN, Life Coach who puts LIFE in your lifestyle!
Owner of Savor Your Life Today Coaching and Seminars