Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing…

Real_ authenticWhat you see is what you get! We have heard that statement many times but what  does it mean to be real. Do most of us try to fit in and adjust to present company? How many of us walk into a room and care what people are thinking? Do we realize what a strain caring about what people think can place on oneself both mentally and physically, just because we are trying to live up to a certain image or ideal. Some say to be real is to be authentic. But you can hear the word authentic being thrown around so much that we even see it written on a bag of potato chips. Is being real more about how your core self is reflected in what you say and do? Psychologists sayreal_challengers that being real is accepting both your strengths and weaknesses and not feeling you have to hide them from the world around you. People who are real or genuine seem to feel better about themselves and often show great resilience when they are faced with challenges. Just because someone “tells it like it is” does not mean they are being real. It is not about being accusatory or shaming someone because one may feel they are being honest. Authentic is not about real_friendshipbeing obnoxious. True authenticity is more about how we feel deep inside and not how we feel about other people. Giving another person a chance to slowly expose their inner real self instead of prejudging them can lead to a long-lasting relationship. Taking a moment to breath and reflecting on what we are about to say and do can be a more fulfilling way of connecting with our inner self as well as with others. Kurt Vonnegut the famous author once said: “Practice any art–music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage- no matter how well or badly, not for money or fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what is inside you, to make your soul grow.” 

Butternut Squash, Red Kidney & Lima Beans with Quinoa…

Butternut Squash, red kinney, Lima

-1 large onion
-2 tablespoons canola oil
-1 tablespoon coconut oil
-7 oz. can of tomato sauce
-1 cup vegetable broth
-1 teaspoon of pepper flakes
-1 tablespoon of dried basil
-1 tablespoon dried parsley
-1 small sweet potato
-2 cups frozen butternut squash chunks
-1 package lima beans
-½ cup quinoa
-1 tablespoon olive oil
-½ cup raisins


-Saute’ chopped onion in canola and coconut oil until light brown                                 -Add tomato sauce, broth, spices let simmer for 8 minutes                                            -Add red kidney beans, frozen butternut squash, lima beans –cover and with low flame mix every so often until all ingredients become hot                                                           -Add steamed sweet potato and mix

At the same time:
-Cut sweet potato in small cubes and steam separately
-In a small pot cook quinoa 17 min. (when done add olive oil and raisins, mix, cover and set on the side. Raisins will become plump.
(Serve with side of quinoa mixture)


Re-arming a Jellyfish…

Jelly fishMany invertebrates such as salamanders and starfish can regrow a body part if one is lost. This was also believed of jellyfish until experiments proved otherwise. Being symmetrical is a crucial characteristic of a moon jellyfish which is a necessity for movement and feeding. When two of the eight arms were removed from the jellyfish it did not proceed to regrow them. Instead it used its muscles to push and pull the remaining arms until they were once again evenly spaced. This new scientific phenomenon has been termed Symmetrization and it is how a jellyfish is able to heal itself.

Why we Love Cheese…

Americans have an incredible love of cheese. In fact, many European countries also Cheeseinclude cheese as part of their daily diet. Researchers are suggesting that It may be that cheese contains a tiny bit of an addictive substance. Casein is a concentrated milk protein, which occurs during cheese making and converts to a morphine-like chemical called beta-casomorphine 7 after digestion. Interestingly enough the chemical that is produced naturally seems to encourage calves as well as human babies to crave milk so they are more likely to nurse. In cheese the level of casomorphine is more concentrated which is why the addictive effect may be greater