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May, 2005

Is your Health a Luxury or a Necessity? | Sue's Berry Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Taste Life Newsletter

E-Newsletter, May 2005

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.


  • Sip a cup of soothing chamomile tea before bed and celebrate National Sleep Better Month.
  • Sit in silence (what I call nature’s natural organizer) for 15 minutesto hear what you need to hear.
  • Make May Magic..do one small little thing you always thought was impossible.
  • Create the belief that this summer will be the best summer of your life..what top 5 things do you wish to do?
  • Gary (my husband) says to get your bike tuned up so it is ready to go!


What is your health whispering to you and you are ready to listen?

What action do you need to do today to “polish” your crown of health?

Click here (then press Send) to sign up for a free 30-minute telephone coaching session – your first step to better health and work life balance.


"After work I usually drive to the day care and pick up my kids. I knew we would be having a busy evening so I purposely drove the car home and walked to the day care so the kids and I could enjoy the 20 minute walk home. With intention I felt we could enjoy being with each other and being outside. With an early spring, there had been a lot of heavy rains. During our walk home, my daughter Jes stopped in awe and watched her very first robin taking a bath in a puddle near the sidewalk. We turned the corner and then reveled in watching the buds in bloom. Time felt still!! I took a $7,000 pay cut to change jobs and live my life on purpose." - Ravishing Rita, full time single mom, full time worker, full time student, coached by Chere, Woodbury, MN

"Health is a crown on a well person’s head but only the sick may see it.”

Author unknown



I met my fav friend Sue Brown in 1981 at a picnic in Eau Claire. She knows how to have fun and be healthy at the same time. Imagine that. She served this recipe to me on Labor Day 5 years ago. This fruit salsa is one more way to add antioxidants to your diet and reduce your risk for cancer.

2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, sliced and diced
1 small orange, chopped fine, juiced and zested
1 cup strawberries, diced
1 kiwi, peeled and chopped
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. apple jelly

Blend all ingredients and refrigerate until serving.

Cinnamon Chips

4 7” tortillas
1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp.cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400F. Spray tortillas with water. (I have a spray water bottle just for cooking) Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over tortillas. Cut each tortilla into 8 wedges. Bake on a stone for 8 – 10 minutes.

2 Tbsp. and 2 chips equals 70 calories


The 50th birthday celebration is finally over. My last birthday present was a gift to myself and only took 12 minutes – a colonoscopy. After watching Gary mark his half century mark by drinking a gallon of junk and looking like he had horrible flu I was not exactly excited about this last birthday gift. However, being in the health care field for 34 years has taught me that “health is hope and hope is everything.”

It seems we never care about our health until it is gone or too late to get it back. I have had hundreds of clients memorize my favorite verse, “Health is a crown on a well person’s head but only the sick may see it.” So I guess it was time to “polish” my crown.

It has totally amazed me how total strangers love to talk about their colonoscopy experience. So many people have asked me about it who have put it off and are “way” past their 50th birthday. I felt compelled to write about it. Many people have told me they don’t have time for a colonoscopy. If you have 3 days and 12 minutes you have time for a colonoscopy. The first two days you follow a low fiber diet. If you don’t eat many fruits and vegetables and whole grains, you will probably not have to make any diet changes at all. It really is the typical all white American diet. For some reason those two days I totally craved strawberries but didn’t dare eat them. The day before your special test you need to drink clear liquids which for me included 3 Diet Cokes with Lime, lots of water and 4 cups of coffee (way more than normal for me!) From my client’s food records this diet would not be hard for most people until dinner hour. For some reason I craved Red Vine Licorice the entire day.

At 7:00 pm on Thursday the evening before my colonoscopy, I drank the three 8-ounce “colonoscopy special” mixed with Diet Ginger Ale. I got all comfy on my down couch and all ready to watch Survivor. I waited and I waited and I waited. Nothing happened. In fact I got totally bored lying on the couch waiting for the “magic” to begin. I started to think they would not believe me..I really did follow the special directions all week. At 10:30 pm I got tired of waiting to go to the bathroom and I finally went to bed. At 5:30 am I was awake doing the final three 8-ounce “colonoscopy special” mixed again with Diet Ginger Ale. I finally needed the bathroom. Total bathroom time was only 2 1/2 hours from 6 am – 8:30 am.

Gary drove me to my appointment. I had asked him to take the entire day off for a “date day” with thoughts of a nice lunch and shopping after my test. Checking in reminded me of a popular deli counter. There were so many people that we were asked to stay in line. Wow..and here I thought I would be the only one doing this. In the waiting room 3 women and I had a lively chat about what to mix the “colonoscopy special” with…some liked white grape juice and some water. The discussion ended with the ladies requesting that I send them the recipe for homemade ginger ale and Gary rolling his eyes at how the waiting room had seem like another “Chere party!” It was!

At 9:15 am I had my vitals checked and changed into a cute gown and robe. I met Dr. A. I had a nice chat with him and in fact talked to him throughout most of the procedure. Before I knew it I was all done and all I could think of was food. I was starving and I wanted steak. Steak at 11 am in the morning…not normal for me. The nurses talked me out of steak and I ended up at Baker’s Square eating a full breakfast and getting so ill I just wanted to go home and to bed. Darn! I had Gary take off the entire day for a “date” day and I was definitely NOT anywhere near “date material” I napped for 5 hours!! The results came back I have a fabu colon! YESS!! I don’t need another colonoscopy until I am 60! Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the US. I polished my crown of health in only 12 minutes and reduced my risk for colon cancer.

Every day is full of minutes – you choose what you do with each minute ...will your choice for that minute hurt you or help you?? What are you waiting for before you take care of yourself? Is it after the school year is done or when summer is over? Or when things settle down? Or when the bills are paid? Our bodies don’t wait. They don’t take an IOU on exercise, nutrition or medical check ups! 1/3 of all cancer deaths are due to an unhealthy diet and not enough physical activity. Health is not a luxury, but a necessity. I think the “what ifs” are far worse than 2 1/2 hours of toilet time. And, that day was one of the best naps of my life. Ready to polish your crown? Click here if you want to know more about Cherecoach’s 12 week wellness coaching plan.

Where is Cherecoach speaking?

May 18, 2005 Chaska High School Wellness In-service Work/Life Balance

Call Chere to discuss your program needs or email questions you may have. Programs are joyfully tailored just for you!

“Chere was the keynote speaker at our Wellness Day Event. She brought an abundance of enthusiasm, humor and insight to our morning. Chere's presentation inspired people to examine their lifestyle and choices and to set goals that would bring them closer to health. Her personable manner and poignant examples brought the information to life in a way that was meaningful for people to understand and apply. Chere's session gave people tools and a jumpstart on their path to wellness.”

- Maure Ann Metzer, Staff Development
District 930 Carver Scott Educational Cooperative

If you enjoy these tips on work life balance and want to help others please forward this issue to your co-workers, staff, family and friends. I appreciate your support. 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!