Save-the-Day Soup

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I found this brand at Costco. 

Hoping everyone had great holidays and safe travels!

This soup Jeff made for me last week was so good it was gone before I got a photo! After a cold, rainy day navigating traffic, it really saved the day so I felt led to share his recipe! I’m hoping to cook more this week and double the recipe to stock in the freezer to Save-the-Day in the future! Join the conversation in the Dean’s List – Smart Ideas for a Healthy Life Facebook Group.

Save-the-Day Soup

*Gluten Free, Vegan, Nightshade Free
⅓ cup sprouted lentils

1 medium sweet potato

½ a large or 2 small butternut squash

1 cup of asparagus

2 cloves (or To Taste) garlic

2 small carrots
2 Tbsp avocado oil

¼  stalk of celery

3 Tbsp nutritional yeast

1 tsp curry powder

2-3 pinches of oregano

1 pinch basil

dash cumin

pinch nutmeg

tiny piece of ginger

salt and pepper to taste
Cut the vegetables into small pieces and combine everything into one soup pot.

Add filtered water to taste for soupy or thick preference.

Bring to a boil, then simmer on low / medium on the stove top for 2 ½ – 3 hours or try the slow cooker. Or after cooking, blend to a thinner consistency in a food processor and reheat.

Join the conversation in the Dean’s List – Smart Ideas for a Healthy Life Facebook Group.

Dean’s List of Random Sharing

Thanks to everyone who’s joined the new Facebook Group Dean’s List – Smart Ideas for a Healthy Life. Please join the conversation and share your health and healthy eating tips and tricks there, too!

A few things to share: 

  1. I’ve just finished the Purium 10 Day Transformation Cleanse which includes 2-3 green super food shakes a day, supplements and amino acids, a cherry drink and healthy snacks. It was the third time I’ve done the cleanse, and my goal  was to shift my diet away from grains, carbs and sugar. When the only non-liquid foods on my personal menu are healthy stuff for 10 days I notice my cravings shift, almost like being retrained to want the healthy stuff. Since my focus was to change some habits, I didn’t weigh or measure myself before the cleanse, but I’ve noticed clothes feel looser so I’d guess I also lost 4 or 5 pounds. The really big leap I took this time was to stop drinking coffee. Everyone seems to have survived! More than one friend offered condolences to my husband. But it wasn’t as bad as I expected, though I am easing off the caffeine by having Earl Grey or Green Tea in the mornings. But only one cup!
  2. My favorite things this week at the Sunset Valley Farmer’s Market:
    1. Happy Vegan Baker – I resisted all the desserts which I love, but treated myself to one of their loaves of gluten-free, vegan bread. Check out their Thanksgiving menus and delicious desserts you can order from www.HappyVeganBaker.com!
    2. Lamba’s Royal Indian Food – My favorite is the 7 Lentil Tarka Dal.
    3. A few months ago I bought a jar of Hemp360 Skin Repair and am still amazed at how long it’s lasting and how great it works.
    4. On a morning full of horrible news from Paris, it was comforting to go to the farmer’s market and see my favorite folks and buy some locally grown veggies and other goodies. But the sweet spot was live music from Bob Appel covering some classic traditional country music. I bet we’ll all be hearing more of him and his music.

 

3. The Mood Cure by Julia Ross

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I have a ton of thank you notes for recommending this book over the years.

I could go on and on about it, but here’s a great summary from www.MoodCure.com.

“We’re in a bad mood epidemic. Depression and anxiety have tripled in the last ten years. The Mood Cure explains why and provides the good news that we can feel better emotionally, without the use of caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, or anti-depressants-and the even better news that we can begin to see the results in just one day. The Mood Cure is a comprehensive natural approach that jump-starts your program with brain-fueling amino acids combined with a high-protein, healthy-fat, veggie-rich diet and other nutritional strategies.”

Thanks for connecting here and on social media! Cheers to our health!

*As always, check with your doctor before altering any medication or prescribed diets, or adding a supplement or amino acid if you’re on medication.

The Happiness Fairy and a new Facebook Group

I like to joke that I’m fortunate my work in writing coaching and public relations gives me the opportunity to be the “Happiness Fairy.” Often I get to deliver great news like major media coverage for a previously unknown artist, or witness a small business increase their profits, or a writer or artist break through resistance to share their creativity.

2010 and 2015 before and afterA few months ago I shared my personal health recovery story again along with my recommendation of the Purium 10 Day Transformation Cleanse. After trying lots of different protein powders, I felt I’d finally found one I could enthusiastically recommended when asked (which is often!). This cleanse has the option of 2 shakes a day with one meal, or 3 shakes a day as meal replacements. It also includes amino acid supplements, a cleanser supplement, and electrolytes supplement. And there’s a cherry drink for bedtime that everyone loves! With either version of the cleanse, you can eat healthy snacks. So it is a great way to transition to healthy eating.

I know, I know … the terms “cleanse” and “detox” get a bad rap. I know my body is already designed to naturally detox and cleanse. AND I know that whatever you call it, when you only eat super clean, organic super foods for ten days the results are amazing. It’s especially amazing to feel the difference in energy, focus and sleep if you’ve been eating lots of processed foods!

Of the many friends, and friends of friends who’ve tried this cleanse, here are two testimonials:

“Thanks for turning me on to the cleanse and helping me to ‘reset’ my body. I slept so well while I was doing the cleanse. I followed the protocol to the letter and lost six pounds. I saw some good health benefits from the cleanse, not the least of which was breaking the sugar and carb cravings.” – Shelli Cornelison, Author, Texas

“I’m excited to get back on track, drop the extra pounds and get in a new routine. I’ve lost 5lbs and have 2 days left on cleanse…. I’m finding the program easy to follow and today went ahead and ordered one of the total meal products so when the cleanse is over, I’ll continue with a protein shake for a meal. … I’m sticking with the cherry juice – I love it! I look forward in the evening to my cherry juice as both a substitute for anything sweet and a nightcap!!” – Sharon Mays, Realtor, California

My inner “Happiness Fairy” loves having this kind of positive impact on people’s health. So, while I’m no doctor or nutritionist (yet), I feel led to share more of my on-going health journey. 

Please join my new Facebook Group: Dean’s List – Smart Ideas for a Healthy Life where I’ll start by sharing about this cleanse (I’m actually on Day 2 right now), and then also share other health info.

Feel free to contact me with any questions via Dean@DeansListAustin.com. For more information on the Purium 10-Day Transformation Cleanse visit www.MyPuruim.com/DeanLofton. Use the code “DeanLofton” to save $50 on the cleanse!

Write Now – with Dean Lofton

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Write Now writing prompts and tips intend to inspire you to write for the simple pleasure of creating. Please share your response to the prompt, or a link to your response on your blog, in the comments. We sometimes share responses on the radio show Writing on the Air, Wednesdays 6-7pm on KOOP 91.7 FM. Stream from www.KOOP.org.

Not sure how to get started? Check out the Write Your Life class contract for some tips and guidelines.

Write Now – with Dean Lofton
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Today’s prompt begins with an excerpt from “A Woman’s Worth” by Marianne Williamson.

Write Now – with Dean Lofton

4MAY15 WNWDL LogoIsh PROOF Left Justified

Write Now writing prompts and tips intend to inspire you to write for the simple pleasure of creating. Please share your response to the prompt, or a link to your response on your blog, in the comments. We sometimes share responses on the radio show Writing on the Air, Wednesdays 6-7pm on KOOP 91.7 FM. Stream from www.KOOP.org.

Not sure how to get started? Check out the Write Your Life class contract for some tips and guidelines.

Write Now – with Dean Lofton
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

“At some point in your life, if you’re lucky,
you throw practicality to the wind and really start living.”
– Erma Bombeck

What would it look like to throw practicality to the wind in your life? Try writing more than one scenario. You have options! Reviewing the possibilities can also lead to appreciate the practical in your life. Try writing the answer for a character in a work in progress, too.

Dean’s List – Smart Ideas on Sunday

Sharing a few things that made my week better …

1. Wheatsville Food Co-op

I first met the folks at Wheatsville Co-op when I was the executive director of the Austin Independent Business Alliance in 2008. Jeff and I recently joined the co-op since they now have a south location closer to our home, and we experienced our first Owner Appreciation Days which includes special savings for co-op members. Obviously for someone like me who has a lot of food allergies and makes a point to eat organic, etc., Wheatsville is full of things for me to rave about.
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Healthy Happy Hour

HHH sv 7-28-15 flierJoin me Tuesday, July 28, 6-8pm in the beautiful Gallery at Soma Vida for a fun, casual Health Happy Hour! I’ll be sharing Purium Health Products and tips for doing the 10 Day Transformation Cleanse. We’ll also have door prizes and everyone who attends receives a $50 gift card for Purium Health Products.

I just finished the cleanse for the second time and feel great! Click here to read more about my health recovery story, including losing 90 pounds over three years by changing how I eat. 

Please RSVP to Dean@DeansListAustin.com. Not in Austin or can’t make it? I’m always glad to share more info by phone, email or skype and answer questions to help you plan for and sign up for the 10 Day Transformation Cleanse or purchase other products. You can reach me at 512-636-1346 or Dean@DeansListAustin.com.

Directions: Soma Vida – Work / Life Balance and Wellness Center, 2324 E. Cesar Chavez *Enter parking lot from 2nd Street, between Mildred and Perdenales. Walk through the courtyard to the front door on E. Cesar Chavez. The Gallery is on the second floor.