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July, 2011

Your Thoughts Create Your Life | Kale Chips

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E-Newsletter, July 2011

Welcome to TASTE LIFE the monthly ezine for you to take charge of your life!


5 Ways to Be an Optimist
Tasting Life Real People Examples
Like Savor Your Life Today Fan Page
What are you Thinking Today?
Kale Chips
Where is Chere Savoring Life?
Where is Chere Speaking?

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  1. Be selective - remember mainly the positive events of the past
  2. Focus on the present
  3. See the future in terms of what can be done instead of what can’t be done
  4. See threats as challenges – problems to be solved
  5. Believe the world is coherent, and your actions make a significant difference



“I made it. I am reflecting back over this past year and thought about the goals I made with you. I accomplished most of them. I eat plenty of fiber, found a church that I love, and fit into my orange sweater. I have lost 30 pounds from last year and continue to lose. My nutrition is my focus and it is paying off. This is a thank you email. You set me up for success and helped me understand how to use my talents to accomplish my goals. You pushed me when I needed it and allowed me to be when I was not ready for something. I value the positive thinking and even accomplished this through extremely difficult work issues that lasted for months with the highest stress levels of my life. But I was able to manage my stress.

Thank you for the impact you have had on my life Chere! Have to get back to work now. Just wanted to let you know you are an amazing person.” —Mary

Chere’s note: Mary came to me to feel “free” in her own body, gain a spiritual connection with God/nature/church and live a happy relationship with someone who wants the same goals as her. She used to feel so overwhelmed that she got stuck doing nothing. The goal of our coaching was to have her feel “confident, happy and peaceful.” Despite intense job pressures, she happily discovered that taking care of herself was the road to peace. I am so proud of her!


“Hello! Great day today! I made it to the bottom of my inbox for the first time in at least two years!” —K

Chere’s note: K loves words and people so naturally her inbox is an extension of all the wonderful relationships in her life. What we discovered is that K’s inaction with her email in box took more energy than action. I am so proud of her. This is a big big deal for anyone to have 5 or less emails especially if you are so connected to people! Yay K!

Quit waiting to be happy and healthy and call me today 952-937-5697 to set up your 30 min energy coaching session.


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Two root canals in six days! Lucky me! Also on the plate of life is my darling father-in-law who quit eating and is slowly dying, constant rain and a husband who, while trying to build a deck, fell on the wet lawn and tore his quadricep tendon and needs surgery tomorrow. As I sat in the Metropolitan Endodontics chair (highly recommend their empathy and skill www.metroendo.com) before they even started to work on my second root canal I started to cry. I thought life was not hard, no, it was horrible. And that was before Gary fell and needed surgery. I felt like I had no control. To cope I tried extra swimming, taking Vicodine for my tooth pain and eating 8 of the 9 servings in the Baked Lays Vinegar Potato Chips (I would have eaten 9 servings if Gary had not come to my office and exclaimed, “Chere you ate the whole bag!”). We have spent more weekends in the car this summer than outside. I am waiting for summer and it is half over. I am complaining more than sweet Gary who needs surgery tomorrow, whose father is dying and whose deck project would come to a complete halt if not for his supportive friend Tim Thoma. Tim has come over on these boiling hot evenings to work on the deck.

Only Tim Thoma would stop in the middle
of an Ironman race to give his mother-in-law a hug!
That's our Tim!

So, today after I found out I needed cataract surgery, I intentionally flipped the switch to optimism. Happiness goes hand in hand with optimism. If we can learn to view what happens to us as both good and bad events in a positive light, we can actually become happier. And if we are happy, we usually see things more positively.

I’m not a fan of Shakespeare but I keep his words from Hamlet planted in my brain, “Nothing good, nothing bad…it is our thinking that makes it so!” So, it is time to examine your self talk.

Optimists and pessimists explain their events in completely different ways.

Update: Gary had surgery on July 22, 2011 and his good friends Tim and Scott Thoma have been here all weekend working on the deck. And my father in law passed away on Sunday July 24, 2011 around 12:30 am. After the phone call from Gary’s sister Pam, all I could think of was that he was meeting Vince Lombardi in heaven and then I thought of him meeting Reggie White and Max McGee and …. We will miss Howard. There was nothing he would not do for his family. Here’s to Howard! Go Packers!

Read more to learn if you are an optimist or pessimist and get a chance to win a $10.00 Starbucks gift card by sharing how you created a more optimistic day.

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Kale Chips

You will be done turning up your nose at kale after you bake up a batch of these tasty crispy healthy “green things” as my nephew Stevie Ray calls them. This is a great healthy alternative to potato chips. If you want to surprise your guests and family this is your “go to trendy” GUILT free snack. Bake up a batch of these tasty alternatives to potato chips.
Kale costs about a dollar a bunch, less money than a box of “guilty chips” and literally bursting with nutrition. Eating kale can lower your risk of at least five types of cancer – bladder, breast, colon, ovary and prostrate. And, it is also recognized as helping your body’s detoxification system. There are over 45 flavonoids in kale with the top two kaempferol and quercetin helping your body with oxidative stress and inflammation. What is NOT to like about kale?

1 bunch of kale
2 tablespoons of olive oil

Wash and dry each leaf. Cut center stem from kale leaves. Cut each leaves into small pieces. Place small leaves in large bowl and toss with olive oil. Space evenly on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with salt. One bunch of kale yields about two cookie sheets of kale chips. Bake at for 12 to 15 minutes 375 F or until edges just begin to turn brown.

Read more about the nutritional value of Kale Chips

Stevie Ray making baked kale.
This is one-half the kale bunch.

Baked Kale. One bunch makes
about two batches.


If you are done waiting to be healthy, order your cookbook now. Health is hope and is hope everything! People are loving the hummus recipe for their cabin weekends.

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Where is Chere savoring life?

Savoring is a quality that happy people naturally have in abundance.

Savoring = to mindfully engage in thoughts or behaviors that heighten the effect of positive events on positive feelings. There are 3 temporal forms of Savoring: (1) Anticipatory (2) In the Moment and (3) Reminiscent. We can savor a positive event before it happens by getting excited in preparation for it, we can savor the positive event as it event as it occurs and we can savor a positive event by remembering it. What are you savoring today?

Summer bucket list..
kayaking Lotus Lake with Brenda Vatland

Cooking up Baked Zucchini Sticks with Hannah
(she didn't like them!)

Dani and Dave making our annual 4th of July firecrackers

Where is Cherecoach in the media and speaking?

Was I lucky to present to the GOB Foundation. This group of women are vibrant contributors to their communities!I delivered 5 Ingredients for Healthy Living using my new cookbook.

“Chere, your enthusiasm and zest for life is contagious! Your high energy and fun presentation engaged the audience immediately and kept them smiling throughout. And, you delivered exactly the message our women needed to hear. Your message was delivered with passion and humor. Happy energy! Yay! As I was leaving after our luncheon one of the ladies said to me “Where did you ever find Chere!” You were definitely a hit.”

—Jean Thompson, Membership Chair
Gamma Omicron Beta Foundation

Jean Thompson and Chere
Jean is leaving her legacy by being
the best mom ever!

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If you or your team are feeling overwhelmed, and out of time you need the presentation I have just developed — Tasting Life Balance In Your Value Driven World. This presentation uses the new Value Card deck to identify your values and get your time back. Call me today (952-937-5697) as I am booking events for October and November. Living your values will create energy and productivity. I promise!

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My passion is to empower you to have an easy life, radiating extraordinary health and well being. Can you feel it? Email or call today at 1.952-937-5697 for a 30-minute complimentary coaching session. I guarantee one tip, tool, question or strategy that will make your life easier!!

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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