Americans are avid consumers. There is nothing wrong with that. It stimulates the economy and rewards us for our hard work. Everyone loves something new. Whether it be new clothes, up to date technology, new items for the home or garden or maybe new sports equipment. All of these give us another dimension to our lives. Problems arise when we refuse to let go of the old and replace it with the “new”. How do we free ourselves from the “old” before it becomes CLUTTER! we begin to feel JAMMED! or we begin receiving offers to star in a reality show called HOARDERS! Some of us take the route where we buy colored bins and storage containers and attempt to store and organize all the clutter. A few of us take the quick route of simply dumping everything in our basements or attic spaces or actually renting storage space. Out of sight out of mind. Others choose the procrastination route which can lead to frustration, irritability and lack of focus. A good start–go through your clothing, anything you have not worn in the past two years should be donated. There are wonderful recycling programs provided locally for any outdated computer or technical equipment. If you are in the habit of accumulating information about this or that, organize and file it in whatever tech device you use, get rid of the paper in your life! On a personal note, there is just so much duct tape that you should use before it’s time to say goodbye to old, worn out sports equipment. Practicing breathing techniques, yoga, meditation, weight training, martial arts or simply strenuous exercise can help us focus on what we really need in our lives instead of filling it up with clutter. And don’t fret, if all of these suggestions fail–there are lots of people that would love to do this for you for a fee.
SARDINES WITH SAUTEED ONIONS AND RAISINS
1 can of Norwegian sardines in oil
1 Medium onion
1 Palm-full of raisins
In a small frying pan saute’ chopped onion (in canola oil) until golden
Add raisins to the mixture and heat them until they are plump
Gently lay the sardines over the mixture, cover and heat.
Sardines are one of the richest and purest forms of Omega3 fatty acids. They feed only on Plankton which makes them less vulnerable to toxicity. They are also a great source of protein. Combining them with onions (a great source of fiber) and raisins (for energy), you will have a well balanced meal of carbs, fats, protein, minerals and vitamins.
The words “fat” and “carb” have such scary connotations in our society. The truth is healthy fats are needed for lubrication of our joints and to work in combination with carbohydrates for sustained energy.
Quinoa grain-a slow burning carb (above) Olive oil-is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids
Pine nuts-a healthy source of fat (below) Golden raisins-a quick energy source
1/2 cup of Quinoa grain, mixed with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, a palmful of raisins and 3 teaspoons of Pine nuts provides easily digestible healthy fat and slow burning carbohydrates. A great late night snack.