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October, 2006

5 Steps to Help You Feel Truly Alive | Stir Fry

Taste Life Newsletter

E-Newsletter, October 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.


5 Things You Can Do In October
Coaching Questions that Could Change Your Life
Tasting Life Real People Examples
Taste Life Balance October Recipe
5 Steps to Help You Feel Truly Alive
Chere's Classes
Where is Chere Speaking?


  1. Eat an apple a day. Studies have shown that at least one apple a day can cut your risk of cancer, and decrease your risk of diabetes.
  2. Fall is the perfect time to get outside and move! Studies have shown that physical activity delays the onset of disability by more than 12 years. Wouldn’t you want to be 12 years younger and increase your productivity at the same time? Sounds irresistible to me!
  3. Have food ready to go. Purchase two pounds of ground turkey. Cook on low and brown. When browned rinse for 3 minutes in hot water. Package in one pound packges in your freezer. Ready for spaghetti, sloppy joes…anything you would use ground beef for.
  4. If you do a holiday photo greeting card, this is the month to find the perfect family photo.
  5. Create a file folder and list of names for all the people you wish to buy holiday gifts for.


Do I want to just be alive or feel Alive?

What one self care habit can I begin today to invest in a healthier tomorrow?

Click here (then press Send) to sign up for a complimentary 30-minute telephone coaching session — your first step toward a life that’s joy filled and an investment in your future healthy self.


"Thanks for the free session. It gave me much food for thought. I already implemented Friday to be my day. I had a massage and went to my favorite shops and made a dinner. (I love to cook) Plus, I had my husband help me clean on Saturday so it would be done more quickly. I will be “off” on Fridays from now on. I have the whole day off to do “me” stuff like going for a bike ride, walking our dog or reading a book. Thanks so much Chere."

—Judy B


“Since working with you I feel like I am growing so much in self-confidence, strength, joy and feel so solid on my path. I do feel that I am living more by intention. I am still learning so much from you. I thank you for your analogies, quips, quotes, lessons. You definitely have a way of coaching that is easy for me to remember. It really is simple when you have some new tools. We make it much harder then we need to be – life can be simple and more joy filled.

I will keep the "shine" going on inside me so that my inner garden can grow and I look forward to our next call. In peace & joy."

—Kath Coaching Client of Chere

“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables
smelled as good as bacon."

Doug Larson



Brett loves stir fry and so every other week or so I try a new stir fry combination, trying to get the right blend of fast healthy flavors. The key is it must be quick and easy and the ingredients must be on hand. The secret ingredient that adds the punch is the hoisin sauce. You can replace the vegetables with your favorites like cauliflower or broccoli and use your favorite salad dressing. This recipe is adapted from www.kraftfoods.com Food and Family magazine. I like to do recipes that you cook once and eat twice. This week we had a pork loin roast on Sunday and used the leftover pork on Wednesday for this stir fry.

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 pound of boneless pork loin, cut into strips
1/4 pound of green beans, ends trimmed off and kept whole
5 carrots, sliced or mini carrots sliced in half lengthwise
5 green onions, sliced diagonally
2 Tbsp. hoisin sauce (found in Asian section of your grocery store)
1/4 cup your favorite balsamic salad dressing

Heat the oil in a stir fry skillet on medium high heat. Add pork and carrots and beans.

Cook 5 minutes. Stir in dressing and hoisin sauce. Cook 7 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Add green onions. Cook 1 more minute.

Yield: 4 servings

Serve with brown rice, a tossed green salad and warm conversation.


Are your crazy busy days going to affect your pocketbook of tomorrow?
Are you putting Aliveness in your living?

Sweet delicious Hawaii!! From the pristine beaches and lush tropical rainforests to the cosmopolitan flavor of Honolulu and the vibrant atmosphere of Waikiki – Oahu has it all. It makes me feel so Alive! In 1982 Gary and I honeymooned there, and purchased a timeshare. I look forward to retirement when I can spend more than a one week vacation there at a time. My wellness vision is hiking the trail to the summit of the Diamond Head Crater on February 18, 2025, my 70th birthday.

Diamond Head is the famous, beautiful dark volcanic crater overlooking Waikiki Beach. Along the hike to the top, you climb a steep stairway with 74 concrete steps, then walk through a lighted 225 long narrow tunnel, and have a second stairway of 99 steep steps. The path is uneven, rough terrain which was originally designed for mules. They say to allow 1.5 to 2 hours for a leisurely round trip. The hike is classified as easy to moderate and certainly not difficult for a 50 year old but could be challenging for a 70 year who hasn’t moved their body enough. As you climb out of the bunker your breath is taken away by the unparalleled view of the entire west side of island. As I hiked I told myself I needed to stay in shape for the next twenty years to come back on my 70th birthday.

As I hiked I thought about a study** I recently read by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. The study stated that a couple age 65 retiring today and living to average life expectancy would need $295,000 to cover premiums for health insurance and out-of-pocket expenses during retirement. The $295,000 estimate assumes average life expectancy of 82 for men and 85 for women. For those living longer than the average, a lot more money is needed. My grandparents lived to 92 and 93, so I assume I will need much more health care money. The study says that health savings accounts (HSAs), which are currently being widely promoted, have both advantages and drawbacks. Because contributions are limited, the maximum amount that an individual could save in an HSA is $46,000 over 10 years.

"As high as they are, these projections are probably underestimating the amount of money needed in retirement for health care expenses," writes Paul Fronstin, director of the EBRI health research and education program. "If health care costs increase faster than projected, or if individuals live beyond average life expectancy, retirees will need more money."

You probably are investing in your financial future. But how much thought have you given to your health future? How are you investing in your healthy future self? Are you investing in sitting in your physician’s waiting room or in a line at the pharmacy? Or, are you investing in a retirement filled with biking, hiking and travel? Your actions or inactions will affect your time, energy and pocketbook of tomorrow.

5 Easy Action Steps for a Healthy Future Self

  1. Move your body every day with intention. This could be a brisk walk, taking the stairs or parking your car “2 spots” further away. It doesn’t have to be the ‘big” walk…just move it or you lose it.

  2. Schedule 15 minutes of “me” time every day. “Me” stands for “My Energizers.” You and only you are responsible for charging yourself up every day.

  3. Eat breakfast every day.

  4. Take a multivitamin.

  5. Take mini self-care breaks by breathing deeply. Breathing is nature’s natural tranquilizer. Why do you think they teach you how to breath to have a baby?

You can control 70% of your health, disability and longevity. The healthiest people who consistently make a lifetime of healthy choices live longer with fewer medical problems.

When you are seventy, do you want to just be alive or feel Alive? That irrestible feeling of Aliveness where your body can do anything your beautiful brain dreams up.

It may be time to think about the heavy price of your crazy busy days today that affect your healthy or unhealthy self of tomorrow. I would love to have you join me on the Diamond Head hike February 18, 2025. It is never too late to put an A in front of the word live and feel Alive! What are you waiting for? Here to add value to your life, just let me know how!

**Source: The Employee Benefit Research Institute, July 20, 2006

Where is Cherecoach speaking?

October 4, 2006, Medtronic, LEARN - 12 week Telephone Weight Loss Teleclass

October 10, 2006 MN DeafBlind Teacher Network

October 13, 2006, St. Louis County Health and Human Service Conference, Duluth, Minnesota, Healthy Self: Your LifeStyle Approach to Your Well Being.

October 17 and 24, 2006, Medtronic, Overcoming Overwhelm Teleclass

October 24, 2006, Minnetonka Community Education, 5 Secrets and 5 Ingredient Recipes to Help You Save Time

Audience comments from the Wisconsin Dietary Managers Fall Conference in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, kNOw Your Way to Balance, September 14, 2006:

“Great new ideas to revive my old life."

"Loved your energy and enthusiasm."

"Your talk had ideas I can use tomorrow for my unbalanced life."

"This talk really held my interest with your positive attitude, sense of humor and great ideas."

Call Chere to discuss your program needs, as January programs are being planned now. Programs are cheerfully tailored just for you!

If you enjoy these coaching tips on investing in a healthy future self 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