What refreshes you?  Welcome to Friday Food 4 Thought. While getting certified through Mayo Clinic for Wellness Coaching, I was required to do lots of hours of practice coaching.  The goal of wellness coaching is to guide people to find their own reasons for making positive changes.  It is easy to get in a rut and not think about what you are doing or why you are doing it.  One strategy that I came up to help people was simple, yet remarkably useful for several people. See if this works for you!

On a blank sheet of paper, make  three headings.  Label them Replete, Deplete, and Sustain. For one week, write elements of your day, including events, people, attitudes, whatever, into one of the three columns.  Then, at the end of the week, reserve some time to ponder your list.  Think about the following:

  • What repletes or refreshes you?  
  • What depletes or drains you?  
  • How balanced is this “equation”?  
  • What can you add to the replete column?
  • What can you subtract from the deplete column?

It’s easy to say “yes” to unnecessary activities or tasks that drain your energy and joy.  LIVE YOUNGER by living intentionally!

What I’m memorizing this week:  C. S. Lewis, an Irish-born novelist, poet, essayist, lay theologian and Christian apologist has lots of good things to say in so many areas.  Incidentally, the C.S. stands for Clive Staples and he lived from November 29, 1898 until November 22, 1963.  An influential writer of his day, he is still positively influencing the world.  Here’s one of his quotes that I want to cement in my memory this week:  “There are two kinds of people:  those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, ‘All right then, have it your way.’”

Quinoa Mac & Cheese (Adapted from Fit Body Nourish):

You will need:

  • ½ cup Quinoa
  • ⅓ cup Cheese
  • ⅓ cup Milk
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

What to do:

  1. Cook quinoa according to your package directions. Turn burner on simmer once cooked.
  2. Add cheese to cooked quinoa and stir in to melt.
  3. Add milk to desired thickness.
  4. Stir in mustard, salt and pepper.
  5. Serve hot! Enjoy!

One more thing….  Have you ever wondered how to pick a good cantaloupe?  They can look so good on the outside and be so tasteless on the inside.  Some of the answer is right under your nose!  Here are three things to look for in a good cantaloupe:

  1. Feels heavy for its size
  2. Has a rind that resembles raised netting
  3. Has a sweet, slightly musky scent
  4. The stem end yields slightly when pressed

Thanks for joining me for Friday Food 4 Thought!  Don’t let all the “shoulds” of life overwhelm you.  Just remember to START SOMEWHERE.  You can do it.  I will help you!

Food 4 Thought

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