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So much good…

As I contemplate the death of Steve Jobs this week, I feel really empowered by the realization of all that he accomplished in his life.  More importantly, I thoroughly believe that every person on this planet has the same ability to do something great with their life.  We all have something to contribute. Some talent or skill or ability that is unique to each of us.  Something that gives you joy, energy and passion just thinking about what you could do with this gift, if only…..  I think it is time to put aside the “if only’s” in life and start by recognizing that we each have something to give.

You don’t have to go out and conquer the world today, just start by thinking about what you enjoy and how each little thing that you do can help someone, anyone, even if it is only one other person.

Dr. Martin Luther King said “Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve.  You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love.”

Make today great by going out and doing something to bring you closer to fulfilling your purpose.

Dinner time

One sure-fire way to help take control of your eating habits and learn to enjoy healthy eating is to cook your own meals.  When you cook at home you can control the quality of the ingredients that go into your food.  I recognize that in our busy society, this can be a real challenge sometimes.  But even if you don’t like cooking, you can find some simple recipes on the internet and make them work for you.

I enjoy watching Rachael Ray on the Food Network.  Her recipes are simple, but more importantly she lets you know that she’s teaching a technique more that just a recipe.

Once you realize that most recipes are just a starting point, and you can make changes according to your own likes and dislikes, you are ready to embrace the world of good food that you can have anytime.

Don’t be discouraged if you make something that flops.  There are many nights when I have experimented on a meal that didn’t taste a good as I had hoped and I just had to say, “well it’s food, at least we’ll eat”.  Then I don’t ever make that recipe again and I take what I can from it for the next time.

You’ll find that your taste buds change over time and you may develop a more discerning palate.

The best part about playing with your recipes is that you can reduce the fat or sugar or sodium, depending on your dietary needs, and find something that works for you.

It may take some time, but don’t give up.  If you only try one new recipe a week, you won’t be overwhelmed and you will be making steady progress.

Happy Eating.

If you want more help in meal time planning, please check out my article “Mom what’s for dinner”  on This website.