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December, 2010

Happiness: No Purchase Necessary, but Skip the Brussel Sprouts | Garlic Mushrooms

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Happiness: No Purchase Necessary but Skip the Brussel Sprouts
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5 Ingredient for Healthy Living - First Ever Coaching Cookbook
Taste Life Balance December Recipe - Garlic Mushrooms
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  1. Write a thank you note to family, friends and colleagues and tell them you are grateful for their work. Energy guaranteed for you and the receiver. People love receiving these Savor Your Life Today cards. Buy them today.

  2. When you think of a compliment when you are with someone…open your mouth and tell them.
  3. Give empathy – respectful understanding of the other person’s beliefs and actions.
  4. Forgive – finish the old business of your past so you can be free and live in the present.
  5. Decide to be happy, not right.


What tradition do I want to start this year to create holiday memories?

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“Here is a great picture of what I love and appreciate! My boys with their stuffed animals that we went to purchase as a family and the gingerbread house we did as a family last Saturday night. This is the stuff worth more than any money in the bank. Thanks again for the reflection and realization of who I am and what makes me happy. Cheerio! T”

"The secret of happiness is to make others believe they are the cause of it."
—Al Batt

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The holidays are extra special in our house with Brett being born on Thanksgiving, which was Danielle’s third birthday. We always celebrate Thanksgiving at Auntie Pam’s house in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. I usually prepare and take vegetable dishes. This year I made a sweet potato dish, cauliflower au gratin and broccoli salad. No brussel sprouts. Gary’s family doesn’t eat them. My kids love Thanksgiving but LOVE Black Friday even more. Auntie Pam, Uncle Mark and Gram Ady and all the cousins get up at 4:30 a.m. to get in line to get the fantastic Doorbuster specials - if you need them or not.

Gary and I quit getting up at 4:30 am a few years ago and go shopping a little later. This year at one store we watched exhausted sales staff help frenzied tired shoppers buy the “best” flat screen TV for the “best price.” When you scan the holiday ads it’s a techno gadgetry geek’s holiday delight. But is all this stuff really making us happy? Studies suggest that people misjudge what will make them happy, how happy it will make them, and how long the happiness will last.

Here are three ways to get happy this holiday season.

Buy experiences, not stuff

Quick, think about the flat screen TV or latest techno gadget you purchased. What was your first thought? Now, think about your last weekend hanging around with people you love or your last vacation. Ryan Howell, an assistant professor of psychology at San Francisco State University found that buying experiences like going on a vacation, or renting a sailboat gave people more happiness than buying material things. The study of 154 people ages 19 to 50 showed that experiences increase happiness because they are often social in nature. And, the experiences make the people feel more alive. Howell reported that “people feel more invigorated or inspired” from experiences over stuff. You may be happy with your new high definition TV but more thrilled with a vacation.

In another study by Cornell University, it was found that life experiences can provide more happiness because they can become integrated into our character and help shape our personality. “Stuff” can only become “possessed” and rarely contributes purpose and meaning to our life. And “stuff” needs to be cleaned and maintained. ‘”Stuff” loses it “shine” with age and almost can have a negative connotation.

Gift your time
I don’t need anything and most people I buy for don’t need anything. What people want most is a connection with the ones they love. They want your time. Researcher Stephen Post says you can get a "helper’s high” when you help a neighbor, volunteer or donate your time and goods. Researcher Elizabeth Dunn found that those who spend their money on others report much greater happiness than those who spend it on themselves.

Create memories and traditions
Create Memories For Yourself. Ask yourself what do I want to remember most about this holiday? If you love to sing get a group together and go caroling. This year Krista and Madeline came over and we lay on our backs and stared up into the Christmas tree. I think I will do that every year. The lights felt magical.

Create Memories for Your Kids with Traditions. Ask yourself, twenty years from now what do I want my kids to remember about the holiday? Back in the 70’s when I started to date Gary I made this special meal of Cornish game hens, broccoli with cheese sauce, and wild rice. Loving tradition, I prepared that for our family until two years ago when I realized all four of us were eating one Cornish game hen — the kids weren’t eating. What did they want? Beef tenderloin! I now cook what they want.

It’s never too late to start. Traditions create memories and memories later in life make us feel grateful. And gratitudes are the best memories of our hearts. When the kids were little, we created the Bork family fun box – an oatmeal box covered with dinosaur wrapping paper. Each family member wrote down what they wanted to do for fun. What did the kids want to do the most? They wrote “P-L-A-Y” in their innocent imperfect handwriting. All they wanted to do was play with mom and dad. You don’t have to wait for the holidays. You can celebrate happiness all year with the ones you love by gifting them your time and creating memories that will last a lifetime. You can start with something as easy as routine family dinner. My heart warmed when I asked both Danielle and Brett what they missed most when they went away to college…family dinner, but without the brussel sprouts.

Call to action: Happy holidays are waiting for you. Decide today to get happy through experiences instead of stuff. You only have one life to live, just imagine if it was one you loved.

I am grateful for you my dear Taste Life readers and wish you a holiday ozzing with happiness and health and peace of mind. Remember ever day life is a gift and you can choose to open it.
With love, Chere

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Finally! This summer my sister Laurie and I published our Five Ingredients for Healthy Living Cookbook. We think we have been developing and testing recipes for over ten years.
Grandma Lily always said, “People will have to eat!” So what else could we be besides Registered Dietitians? We were raised with the philosophy “food is love.” We had five kids in our family and grew up with planning, cooking meals and doing the dishes, all while singing. Family is everything.

All recipes are 5 ingredients (because there were 5 kids) and with nutrition analysis hand calculated by Laurie. Scattered throughout the cookbook are coaching tips for the five ingredient living– purpose, health, balance, energy and happiness as well as nutrition tips.

Order your cookbook now for healthy fast eating during this busy season. Special prices for your holiday gifts.

We dedicated our cookbook to our mom, Carol Meyer, who loved preparing meals and every day was a Sunday!


Garlic Mushroooms from the 5 Ingredients for Healthy Living Cookbook

This recipe is the perfect accompaniment to Chili Rubbed Steak, also in our cookbook.

2 tsp olive oil
10 cloves garlic, chopped
1 lb mushrooms, sliced
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp thyme
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup beef stock

Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat and add mushrooms, thyme, garic, salt and pepper. Saute 5 minutes then increase heat to medium high, add stock and cover 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and mushrooms are tender. Makes four servings.

Nutrition analysis per serving: 69 calories, 4.2 gm Protein, 2.9 gm fat; 6.5 gm Carbohydrate; 134 mg Sodium

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Where is Cherecoach in the media and speaking?

December 6, 2010 Article Chanhassen Villager, Will it be happy holiday or not?

December 7, 2010, Institute for Professional Speaker Development, National Speaker Association, Minnesota Chapter, Co-facilitator of the 2010-2011 Apprentice Program, Bloomington, MN

December 2010, Interviewed for Article by wonderful Karla Wennerstrom, Savy.mn, Great Expectations 5 tips for managing children’s holiday expectations.

Life is a Banquet…Are You Eating Bologna

"Dear Chere,
Thank you for your wonderful and inspiring presentation to the Eden Prairie Lioness. Your experience presenting to adults and your empathy for how hard we all struggle with what we know we should do but somehow get too busy to accomplish hit close to home for us all. By using your own personal experiences and struggles you made us feel that we are all in the same boat. The healthy messages you offered with humor and kindness made them easy to listen to.

'Life is a Banquet...Are you Eating Bologna' was well suited to this particular meeting where we share dishes and ate pot-luck style. The examples of portion and plate size were a very effective illustration of how we regularly consume more than we need without realizing it. I, for one, will certainly remember to eat my meals on 9” blue plates.

You clearly were a hit with the group, as evidenced, by the fact that you were bombarded with questions throughout the evening – long after your presentation ended.

Thanks again for your professional and delightful presentation."

—Lioness Judith D. Grytdahl
2nd Vice President
Eden Prairie Lioness Club, Eden Prairie, MN

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Owner of Savor Your Life Today Coaching and Seminars