Sharing Your Table
redefining the holiday dinner
The other day I took notice of a lithograph a friend had on her wall. It says “Share Your Table”. While I have never asked exactly what it means, my mind wandered to what it means to me.
With the fast pace in which society moves we have allowed certain traditions to go by the wayside. On the news this week it was announced that more people than ever are spending the holidays alone. This in part is the result of a poor economy and how divided and polarized we have become.
I remember as an adolescent my mother preparing Thanksgiving dinner with such great care and then our family sitting down to a warm and healing home cooked meal with spirited conversations. Regardless of faith, the holidays are always a great time for some kind of reflection, unity and togetherness.
When engaging in a holiday dinner, consider making it a potluck. If you are not familiar with potluck, I assure you it has little to do with pot or luck for that matter and has more to do with having each guest bringing a dish. A holiday potluck dinner has benefits twofold.
It gives us all an opportunity to learn new recipes and tastes. It also gives us an opportunity to perhaps pass healthy eating habits forward thus improving the quality of the lives of people that surround us.
In a world that sometimes appears to be divisive and menacing, a celebratory dinner brings us all together in a common and collective cause. It gives us the strength of numbers and prepares us to brave the weeks ahead with new friends and supporters behind us.
In a blog post I was reading, one person wrote about a dinner he has hosted, rain or shine, for over 30 years straight. This is what one of the guests had to say. “People from all corners of the world come to break bread together, to meet, to talk, connect and often become friends. All ages, nationalities, races, professions gather here, and since there is no organized seating, the opportunity for mingling couldn't be better. I love the randomness.”
It only takes one person with vision, persistence and leadership to create a movement. Make your upcoming holiday dinners a movement and see how it transforms lives. If you need recipes we at Steviva Brands have been posting a couple recipes a week. Use them and take creative freedom with them and then let us know how it worked out for you. Check it out at: http://recipes.steviva.com
Have a sensational week!
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Walking - The New American Work Out
Walking is one of the easiest and most profitable forms of exercise. All you need is a good pair of shoes, comfortable clothing, and desire.
How to start: First of all, start out slow and easy. Just walk out the door. For most people this means head out the door, walk for 10 minutes, and walk back. That's it? Yes, that's it. Do this every day for a week. If this was easy for you, add five minutes to your walks for week 2 (total walking time 25 minutes). Keep adding 5 minutes until you are walking as long as desired.
WATCH your posture. Walk tall. Think of elongating your body. Hold your head up and eyes forward. Your shoulders should be down, back and relaxed. Tighten your abdominals and buttocks and fall into a natural stride.
Be sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after walking. Incorporate a warm up, cool down and stretches into your routine. Start your walk at a slow warm up pace, stop and do a few warm up stretches. Then walk for the desired length of time. End your walk with the slower cool down pace and stretch well. Stretching will make you feel great and assist in injury prevention.
The toughest thing about starting a fitness program is developing a habit. Walking daily will help (a minimum of 5 days a week is a good goal). You should walk fast enough to reach your target heart rate, but you should not be gasping for air.
After you have formed the habit you will want to evaluate your program and your goals.
If you are walking for the general health benefits try to walk 30 minutes a day, most days of the week, at a "talking" pace.
To improve cardiovascular fitness walk 3 to 4 days a week, 20 to 30 minutes at a very fast pace - breathing hard but not gasping for air.
If you are walking for weight loss you should walk a minimum of five days a week, 45 to 60 minutes at a "purposeful/talking" pace.
If you're new to walking, start off with slow, short sessions and build your way up gradually. If you have any health concerns or medical conditions, be sure to check with your doctor for advice before you begin a routine.
Once you can comfortably walk for 30 to 60 minutes 5 to 6 days a week you may want to put more "umpf" or speed into your routine. Follow these easy tips for walking faster (or for some real speed learn to racewalk).
Zero to Sixty in Twelve Weeks - An easy to follow schedule to get you walking 60 minutes in 12 weeks
This information and other information is intended for general reference purposes only and is not intended to address specific medical conditions. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice or a medical exam. Prior to participating in any exercise program or activity, you should seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional. No information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition.
Embracing our Elderly Population
In tribal cultures, the elderly play an important role. They are the keepers of the tribe’s memories and the holders of wisdom. As such, the elderly are honored and respected members of tribes. In many modern cultures, however, this is often not the case. Many elderly people say that they feel ignored, left out, and disrespected. This is a sad commentary on modernization, but it doesn’t have to be this way. We can change this situation by taking the time to examine our attitudes about the elderly and taking action.
Modern societies tend to be obsessed with the ideas of newness, youth, and progress. Scientific studies tell us how to do everything – from the way we should raise our kids to what we need to eat for breakfast. As a result, the wisdom that is passed down from older generations is often disregarded. Of course, grandparents and retired persons have more than information to offer the world. Their maturity and experience allows for a larger perspective of life, and we can learn a lot from talking to elderly people. It’s a shame that society doesn’t do more to allow our older population to continue to feel productive for the rest of their lives, but you can help to make change. Perhaps you could help facilitate a mentorship program that would allow children to be tutored by the elderly in retirement homes. The elderly make wonderful storytellers, and creating programs where they could share their real life experiences with others is another way to educate and inspire other generations.
Take stock of your relationships with the elderly population. Maybe you don’t really listen to them because you hold the belief that their time has passed and they are too old to understand what you are going through. You may even realize that you don’t have any relationships with older people. Try to understand why and how our cultural perception of the elderly influences the way you perceive them. Look around you and reach out to someone who is elderly – even if you are just saying hello and making small talk. Resolve to be more aware of the elderly. They are our mentors, wise folk, and the pioneers that came before us and paved the way for our future.
London Broil with Mixed Peppercorns and Pomegranate Glaze
Carbs Per Serving: 3.5 g
Prep Time:> 23 minutes
Skill Level: Medium
Technically London Broil is not really a cut of meat but rather the method of preparation. You can find London Broil in most markets where it is actually a thinker cut of flank steak. This particular cut of meat is very affordable and more often than not as lean if not leaner than some poultry.
The preparation of London broil typically involves marinating followed by high heat searing in an oven broiler or outdoor grill. In both heating methods the meat is placed approximately three inches from a direct heat source and turned several times to promote even cooking and avoid burning. It is then served in thin slices, cut across the grain.
This recipe will result in an amazing flavorful and juicy main dish that is super high in protein low in sugars. Your guests will cheer.
1 – pound London Broil/Top Round or Top Sirloin about 1 - 2 inches thick)
Peppercorn mélange, coarsely ground (this is just the combination of three colored pepper corns – pink, black and green)
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
1 cup pomegranate juice
1 teaspoons molasses
1 teaspoon Fructevia, Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or a dash Steviva Brand Stevia Powder
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
Pre-heat oven to broil or heat up the grill.
Sprinkle steak very generously with coarsely ground peppercorn mélange and salt.
Sprinkle each side of steak with half of chopped rosemary.
Put steak on the grill or broiler; cook to desired doneness, about 8 minutes per side for medium-rare.
Transfer steak to platter.
Add pomegranate juice, molasses, Fructevia, Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or Steviva Brand Stevia Powder, and 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar to skillet; boil until reduced to scant 1/4 cup glaze, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
Season glaze to taste with salt.
Slice steak; divide and arrange alongside side dish of greens.
Drizzle glaze generously around steak and serve.