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25 % of Americans believe their diet is extremely or very healthful and 21% report that their diet is not at all healthful.
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Be proactive about your diet and plan to cook one meal a week.
Spicy Sweet Potato Soup
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds crushed
1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1 piece of fresh ginger about 2 inches cut into strips
2 garlic cloves minced
1 small hot chile finely chopped with or without seeds depending on your taste
1 can of whole plum tomatoes hoarsely chopped
3 1/2 cups of vegetable broth
1 sweet potato peeled and cut into 1/4 inch pieces
lime wedges for serving
cilantro for serving
heat oil in a medium sauce pan over medium to high heat. Add cumin, coriander and mustard seeds. Cook shaking pan often until seeds are fragrant and begin to pop about 30 seconds. Add turmeric, ginger, garlic and chile; cook, stirring , 1 minute
Stir in tomatoes, broth and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. bring to a boil. Add sweet potatoes and return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until sweet potato is tender about 10 minutes. Serve immediately with lime wedges and cilantro if desired.
this is taken from the cookbook Power Foods
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This series is coming to a close in two weeks. By that time you will have twenty tips give or take one or two that I repeat because they are so important to your over all success of looking and feeling great. My focus on health this month is in response to the scary data that says that we are still heavier, as stressed and overwhelmed as we have been. All the technology that should be making our lives easier is making many of us more stressed and less healthy. For all of the work we do and don’t do and all of the money we are making it is not making us healthier or happier from what I can tell just from the thoroughly unscientific polling I have done with friends and family.
What is it going to take for you to wake up and really get that you are the person in charge of you. If you don’t make health changes your life is not going to be as full as it could be if you were healthy. You may say, that there is plenty of medicine for anything that I might have and we all know that is true. If you can get away with less medicine do it.
5 Tip Tuesday
1. Get on a good skin care routine
2. Keep your hair in a stylish cut that is fresh and doesn’t weigh you down
3. Find a group to exercise with like Girltrek or Black Girls Run
4. Substitute white rice with brown rice
5. Cook one new food recipe a month for your and a friend
One Jazzy Life is all about speaking to ourselves and taking strategic actions that build the confidence we need in ourselves to communicate our unique value to the world and connect with others regarding future opportunities.
Everyone can make small tweaks that equal lasting changes in health.
Cheers to Living One Jazzy Life
Janice Saunders, MBA
Certified Professional Life Coach
Your Speaking Skills Mentor
I created 5 Tip Tuesday because Women are usually Tired, Overworked and Stressed.
5 Tip Tuesday. Take one, none, some or all and work them in your unique way to achieve the life you desire. It is important to talk to yourself about what good health means to you. Some health measures are universal like blood pressure, cholesterol levels and weight however good health may have other meanings to you personally.
For me good health means ease of mobility, daily exercise and feeding myself with delicious food. What does it mean for you. Last week included my favorite tip, which was plan your meals for the week and include time to shop for the food and prepare them. This proactive planning of what I eat is one of the strategies I use to maintain my weight.
Begin the conversation with yourself each morning before you get out of bed and begin your busy day about how come it is important for you to be healthy all day long. My conversation begins with being around to see my son do great things and being able to fully participate in his active lifestyle. Plus I want to be healthy for me so I experience all the goodness there is in my personal romantic relationships and be able to pour myself into professional pursuits that I enjoy.
1. Begin each day with how come good health is important to you
2. Go to bed a half hour earlier each night this week
3. Accept the fact there will be days you will not do anything healthy
4. Cut out fried food this week
5. Take some snacks to work
Black women are the only group of people that as our educational level increases our health gets worse. I know you want good health. Begin the conversation with yourself about why it matters to you. Good health is a key to confidence and the more confident you are the easier it is for you to communicate with other and connect for the opportunities you desire.
Cheers to living One Jazzy Life
Janice Saunders, MBA
Certified Professional Life Coach New York University
Your Speaking Skills Mentor
The most important conversation to have is the one you have with yourself
As part of the Show Up Strong Series, You all have said to me that health is really important to you. Each of you knows that I could not agree with you more and starting early to develop healthy lifestyle habits is probably one of the most important things you can do to boost your confidence. So begin the conversation with yourself on these five tips and decide on three to implement for this month.
Five tips to Good Health
1. Walk five more blocks a day each week for the entire month
2. Drink half of the amount of alcoholic beverages you would normally consume each day for the entire month. So if you drink one beer a night, only drink half the beer bottle. You get it.
3. Drink eight ounces more of water a day than you normally would drink. So if you drink no water, just add one glass a day. You get it. If you drink a bottle a day, drink a bottle and a half.
4. Brush your skin with a dry skin brush each day before showering. Watch the video link. The dry skin brush I learned to use many years ago and is my secret weapon to beautiful skin and little cellulite.
5. Plan meals every week and include time to shop for food and prepare the meals during the week.
These five tips are the beginning of your commitment to getting the body and health you desire. If you need to get healthy because you are pre diabetic, overweight or feel some changes will help you look better, Go For It.
email me and let me know how you are doing.
Begin the conversation with yourself about good health and sticking with it today
Your speaking sills mentor
3 Tips to start dreaming and live brilliantly
Conversation with Yourself
Dreams are just that dreams. Have you said this to yourself? Meaning the dream itself is just a pipe dream that will never come true. If this is how you are speaking to yourself you have to stop. Wow, that is a tough conversation to listen to everyday. Please turn this tape off. Just going through life and having no confidence that the very activities of your daily life will lead to your desires not being fulfilled is tough. I am teaching three tips to use improved speaking skills to turn this conversation with yourself around. I’ve done it so have others and you could be next.
Join me in letting the dream capture your imagination for long enough that you see what you want your life to be. It is said that the mind creates the picture that your life can become first. Then the picture can be realized through the activities you involve yourself in everyday.
In coaching there is a concept of the wheel of life that looks like a pizza cut into however many slices you need. Each slice reprets an area of your life you can begin to define a dream of. For example you can make your own pie and fill it with, health, finances, spirituality, or relationships what every you want.
Then…Engage in the 3 Tips to get you dreaming and living brilliantly.
Whenever you decide to tackle writing down your dreams in all the areas of your life that are important to you, don’t do it in a chair that has a hard bottom unless that works for you. Don’t do it hungry, tired or angry. Embark on this after you have had some rest, eaten and are going to have some “alone time”. Sit in your favorite place, be it an outdoor café, a room in your house or at work. Call it dream time and let loose.
Put guilt aside
Some of you are going to feel guilty because there are starving kids in Africa and you want to help them but you also want to drive a car that cost enough to feed a village. Suspend the guilt today or whenever you write for that time and just make it ok if you want to own a beach house in Florida and ski house in Colorado. Acknowledge it to yourself and be open to the opportunities.
Don’t worry about what others think
Be on your own with the dream. Take yourself away from what your mother want you to do and be and focus in on what you want at this time. This is extremely affirmming. It say to the subconscious, yes, “I matter”.
I invite you to dream about what you want for whatever areas of the wheel of life you have defined. Writing them down is the first of bold beginnings to move you forward on your journey to living One Jazzy Life.
What is your Dream? Leave a comment below.
Let me know what you’re doing in the comments section.
Use your voice to set an intention with yourself
Conversation with Yourself
This is a conversation that begins for me every three months or so around the time when the seasons change as I begin to prepare for the next season.I reflect around my personal and professional desires and how to align them the best way possible so I feel joy in each of those areas.
As I entered the summer season after a long winter and spring I could really feel my desire for an enjoyable summer filled with outing with friends, family, summer concerts and everything in between. My summer was all of that and more.
Each week I set out to explore something new. My son an I went Kayaking in the Hudson River, we hit the water parks and the beach. So my intentions were unfolding. Then I went to see the Classical Black Theater Group preform Romeo and Juliet which lit a fire in my for more live performances that I enjoy so much and I set the intention to do more live performances because of how they fill me. They also give me more to bring into conversations on the job and in my business working with coaching clients.
You can do this as well using the Fall Clarity Festival downloads. Set the intention to be busy doing what will yield your desires. Easier said then done but so worth every bit of the effort.
Beginning fall with clarity of what you would like to get done, how you would like to feel doing it and what all of that means to the alignment of your personal and professional desires can equal so many things. It could equal more money, greater responsibility at work, a pumped up saving plan for vacation and greater closeness with your partner. Having clarity puts your desire at the forefront and creates a basis for each decision you make this season.
Let me know what you’re doing in the comments section.
Conversation Starter of the Week
Reduce the Drama in your life using great speaking skills
Conversation with Yourself
You know you could eliminate most drama by using these three strategies which I will apply to three different situations.
For example, you are always the one left cooking the entire meal every Thanksgiving. It has gotten to the point where you can’t stand the holiday and you just wish you could be a guest for once at a friends house across country.
Strategy number one is let everyone know in advance that you will be doing something different on that particular day. How is this done in real life? First you list everyone who needs to know. Then you can send include each of them on a group email that explains how much you love spending the holiday with them but this year you have plans to ( what ever you want to do). You should send this letter four or five months in advance. Now you know everyone is not going to be happy with your decision and this may cause some immediate drama for a few but when you thank them for their support and let them know you will see them the following year, it will smooth over.
Example number two. About three people come in your office every day asking you to help them with a project. Now you are an awesome team player and you may want to get involved in everything because that gives your skills greater visibility and who does not want that. However, you are at work till all hours of the night already and just don’t have time. Strategy number two is use transition phrases that move you towards no easier. How is this done in real life. Begin your answer with YES. “YES, thanks for thinking of me but I may have to catch up with you next time.” YES, let’s brain storm for one minute about who else you could ask and if we come up empty, check back with me around 5:30pm.
Example number three is using the strategy that is loyal and true. State the words “I have another commitment” .This says I value who I spend time with and I don’t bump them off for just anything.
These three strategies can reduce the drama in any area of your world. When you use one, share your success on Facebook.
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Conversation Starter of the Week
Talking to people you don’t know builds bridges
As many of you know I have made my living by selling the benefits of medicine to doctors for more than a quarter of a century. One of the hidden joys of this type of work is that I have learned to have conversations with everyone on just about everything from diabetes, depression, erectile dysfunction and schizophrenia and how each of these can change your life.
This 76-year-old Jewish retired judge from Brooklyn started talking to me about sales and did what all great sales people do, he said that he understood my job in a way because he used to sell legal services. This is a conversation skill I like to call building a bridge between you and the person with whom you are speaking. It is step one to a good conversation.
The he went on to talk about a movie he had seen about medicine sales people, another great conversation skill. He related his life experience to our conversation with humor and sincerity about how much he enjoyed the movie. We laughed about the movie because everyone talks to me about it.
We went on to talk about friendships, romantic relationships and being happy in life. His experience with internet dating down right cracked me up when he talked about turning 70 and having all of his matches drop off. We laughed about this because women don’t want men over 70 because they think they will make great intimate partners.
He commented that he did not know me from anyone but that I was easy to talk to, had a great sense of humor and was an overall nice person. He told me about his girlfriend who is 61 and that they are like 35 year olds in the bed room. He shared that they are learning Italian and preparing to go to Tuscany for a few years together. In my mind I was thinking 76-year-old men were not having sex anymore, well I was pleasantly surprised to know that I have many more years of good loving that for some reason I thought would end at some weird age because women don’t have sex when they get older. What do I know.
Why is this conversation important to you, well I hope it shares that you can meet new people and hear new perspectives about common experiences that add value to your decision-making processes when you least expect it.
Strike up a conversation with someone new today by building a bridge between you and that person then adding a tidbit from your life experience and watch how the conversation becomes easy and enjoyable.
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