Edition of 4/10/2007

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April, 2007

Shrink Your Spending & Spend Time with Your Loved Ones | Chicken Curry Salad

Taste Life Newsletter

E-Newsletter, April 2007

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.

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5 Things You Can Do In April
Coaching Questions that Could Change Your Life
Tasting Life Real People Example
Taste Life Balance April Recipe
Are You Savoring Your Time and Money?
Where is Chere Speaking?


  1. Be time smart — Ask yourself do my volunteer activities align themselves with my values? If the answer is no, start your new spring season with a gracious exit from this commitment that no longer makes your heart sing.

  2. Track your time for a week and see where it goes. Click here for an example of a time log.

  3. Determine your credit rating with a credible, secure website. Go to www.annualcreditreport.com. I have been wanting to learn my credit score and was very wary of giving my social security and Visa number to “anyone.” This website is quick, easy and secure and recommended by financial advisors. You can see your score with the 3 major credit companies — Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union.

  4. You can find money in your lifestyle. Adjust your thermostat a tish warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter. Click here for the top ten tips we used to save money and travel to every state with our kids.

  5. Quit eating junk foods like cookies and chips full of trans fat. The more junk you eat, the more weight you gain and the more time you will need to sit at your doctor’s office getting pills for the diseases you have created.


What is my top priority in life? Is it my money? The stuff that money can buy?

Or is the time I have available to spend with my family, friends, and my loved ones at the top of my list?

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.


“Thanks for sending the 10 Ways to be on vacation piece. It worked and I read it to my daughters at morning prayer today. I was reflecting on your comments about making bars for funerals. I am on the bar making list at Mary, Mother of the Church. If a person doesn't answer the phone, they don't leave any message. For a while, I wondered if I was still on the list as I had NOT been called. Then someone called me. I am a Home Ec type person so I like to serve that way. Right now, I have a few plates of cookies/bars in my freezer so I am ready when they call. I wish they would call more often.

I guess I seek to serve in that way and to bring meals to people because when I had my bone marrow transplant 7 years ago, we received cleaning, child care, carpooling and meals for about 10 months. I figure that I can look for ways to serve others as I know how much it means to be served. For what it might be worth, I just thought you might like my perspective on it for my own life. God bless you.”
—Marie Winke


"Subject: Oh my gosh my first paid speaking gig

OH MY GOSH. Did our laughter yoga session tonight at the senior housing place. It was a RIOT! We had so much fun. I'm flying. AND we received a gift card from Bakers Square...so it's our first paid gig. The seniors were so cute. They laughed, and they had a swell time. There is a woman I met while doing this who is also trained as a laughter leader. We are going to team up to do some gigs. YAYAYAYAY great talking to you today, as always."


“What I learned the most was how much time I was spending on being out and about spending money!! I almost found I treasured my time more than the stuff I was buying!!!” —Lynn


“I use my wonderful pink plate (now I have two) to keep my portions to a reasonable size. If find that if I use a smaller plate, I eat less, eat slower and enjoy my food more. The smaller plate actually tricks my mind into thinking I’m eating more. If I put proper portion sizes on a large plate it gives the illusion of not getting very much food, when in fact, I’m getting plenty. The smaller plate is a wonderful way to help one control portion sizes.”

Victoria also referenced Sally Wadyka from Runner’s World who states:
“The size of the plates we eat from, the bowls we serve from, and the utensils we use can also make us eat more than we mean to. Wansink has found that when we serve ourselves from bigger bowls and use larger serving spoons, we scoop up at least 25 percent more. Yet when we make the simple switch to eating off of smaller plates — making the amount we put on them look larger — we automatically eat at least 25 percent less.”

Now that’s food for thought!

"The world is awash in money! Do you hear what that means? ... And most of you are showing up with your teaspoons." — Abraham Hicks


Chicken Curry Salad

Packing a lunch results in better nutrition, fewer calories and a savings of time and money for you. This recipe is an adaptation from my favorite salad when I worked at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia Minnesota. I have pared it down to only 5 ingredients so not only is it healthy but fast to prepare. The crunch of the water chestnuts and grapes combined with the zest of the curry will make this a lunch favorite. Plus, studies published in the November 1, 2006 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology suggest that curcumin, found in the curry spice tumeric, may be responsible for improved cognitive performance. What a bonus! Give this recipe a try if you are looking to spice up your lunch and “look smarter” at work.

2 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
2 cups red seedless grapes, sliced in half
1 can 8 ounce sliced water chestnuts, drained
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 cup light mayo or plain yogurt

Combine all ingredients and chill. Can serve in pita bread. Enjoy with warm conversation.

THE MAGIC MONEY DIET — Shrink Your Spending and Spend Time with Your Loved Ones

Boy, have I been spending money lately. I was going to buy a new couch for the family room which has now turned into buying a few chairs and tables for the room and jazzing up my girlfriend room and dining room. Also, I have been eating out a lot lately and drinking quite a few Caribou skim lattes. With tax day approaching I have had many coaching calls with clients regarding their finances. Most people think they need to earn more money. I think it is easier and quicker to spend less money. We just get in a habit of where and how we spend money. The fastest way to break your habit is to go on the magic money diet. I follow this diet a few times a year with my coaching clients. It is an adaptation of Talane Miedaner’s money diet from the book, Coach Yourself to Success, published by Contemporary Books in 2000.

The MAGIC MONEY DIET RULES: For thirty days, you simply stop spending money!

  • Plan on a few days to get prepared to “do” this diet.
  • Make sure you have all the essentials like shampoo, food, vitamins etc. on hand before you begin the money diet.
  • If you want to buy gifts for a wedding or birthday coming up, buy them in advance to decrease the temptation of going into the store.
  • Make no purchases whatsoever other than the bare essentials like toilet paper, groceries, etc.
  • Hold off on all other purchases. It is okay to make a list of the things you'd like to buy, but during the 30 day period, DO NOT BUY ANYTHING unless it is on your list.
  • Go grocery shopping once a week and do not buy that magazine or pack of gum at the checkout.
  • Shop at Target or similar store once per week with your written list.
  • Do not eat out at all, unless planned and written down in your plan ahead of time. (Yes that means Starbucks Coffee too!)


  • Have your essentials in your home that you just have to have to LIVE!
  • Make a list of gifts, cards and any purchase you wish to make for the money diet month.
  • Make a list of dates you wish to dine out. If you know ahead of time and they are on your “list,” they are a-ok!
  • Every Sunday, shop with your grocery list so you have food in your house ready for meals.
  • Get a buddy to hold you accountable.
  • Pick your thirty day period. I am going on this diet April 15th – May 15th.

When I follow this money diet, I learn how much time shopping takes or even the amount of time “thinking about shopping” takes. I have more time and consequently I have more energy to spend time with the people I care about the most. If you wish to join me on Magic Money Diet on April 15th, drop me an email. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. I can’t wait to hear from you!

—Joyfully, Chere

Where is Cherecoach speaking?

April 9, 2007, Medtronic Weight Loss Challenge, Change Your Weighs – Monday Morning Pep Rally

April 9, 2007, Brookdale Integrative Health, Brooklyn Center, MN, Top Three Secrets to Lose Weight

April 16, 2007, Brookdale Integrative Health, Brooklyn Center, MN 12 week LEARN class begins

April 23, 2007, Medtronic Weight Loss Challenge, Change Your Weighs – Monday Morning Pep Rally

April 24, 2007, 3M Stemwinder article contributor written by the wonderful Barb Umberger, “Ready to jump on the organic bandwagon?”

April 25, 2007, Ridgewater College, Willmar, MN 2007 Administrative Assistant’s Day Workshop, kNOw Your Way to Balance.

What the Southwest West Central Service Cooperative Southwest State University in Marshall, MN learned from the "It’s all about ME – My Energizers"

30% of the participants commented on Chere’s energy
“Your information was practical and ready to use”
“Her enthusiasm was great and she made you feel good about yourself”

Action steps taken after the “It’s all about ME – My Energizers” workshop

“Change my shoulds into wants”
“Take 15 minutes of me time every Wednesday”
“Practice the calming down activity”


"I just wanted to finally take the time to send you a note about how much we enjoyed your presentation at the Oak Ridge Conference Center. I had no preconceived ideas of how this first time idea of a speaker was going to work, but of course after talking to you in advance, I just knew it would be special. Everyone really enjoyed your presentation, your enthusiasm, the treats and all the “take home” ideas they can use in their busy, heavy-traveling lives. We are all better off for having had you as our guest speaker. Thank you!"
—Mary Lou Olson, Executive Administrative Assistant, Research and Nutritional Services, Zinpro Corporation

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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