Archive for March, 2020


As we are all getting used to this new corona-life, I have to say, one of the most unpleasant aspects of “shelter in place” is that for the first time in my life, I feel moody!

I’ve never been a moody person. I’m usually happy! That’s not to say that I don’t download.jpghave moments—of course I do. I have periods of darkness and sadness, just like everyone else. But these are usually short lived and when I’m in a bad way, I’m usually stuck in there–I don’t go in and out of the funk.

Now, it’s all so different. Some days I wake up and can still feel very positive. The other morning, I thought about how much I love taking a nap after lunch.  I’m thrilled that I started planting colorful flowers earlier than usual.  I’m happy to be cooking  healthy food for my husband.  But then, out of nowhere, it all shifts.

The shift is seismic. Suddenly, I feel angry, lonely, fearful and annoyed. I want to throw myself on the floor and have a full blown temper tantrum. Simply put, I miss my people. And like most of you, I miss the ordinary things that now seem extraordinary.

I find being moody to be exhausting–it’s like I’m on a pulsating seesaw.

I know that we will get through this so I’m hanging on to every positive thought that comes my way!!! The “positive me” is still in there, somewhere!


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Here’s a lovely little dish that you can easily make at home now, as you probably have most of these ingredients!  Personally, I can eat this hot, cold or in between!  It’s a great meal, side dish or, do I dare say, a nutritious breakfast?? Why not??!! Enjoy!


2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

2 large cloves garlic, lightly crushed with the side of a knife blade and minced

1 large red onion, diced

1 stalk celery, diced

1 red pepper, stem and seeds removed and small diced

2 (1-pound) cans red kidney beans

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

1 tablespoon hot sauce

2 ½ cups chicken stock

1 cup white rice

1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro leaves


Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat in a large saucepan. Sauté garlic, onion, celery, and pepper until tender. Stir in kidney beans, onion powder, salt, pepper, and hot sauce. Reduce heat to low and let mixture simmer slowly while you cook the rice.

Bring the chicken stock to a boil and stir in rice and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Return to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 20 minutes without removing the lid. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes.

Fold rice and beans gently together and transfer to a serving dish. Serve garnished with cilantro.

(Adapted from a recipe found on

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Boy is this delicious!! I read the comments posted about this recipe and many people said that the lentils didn’t cook in 20 minutes. I decided to soak the lentils as I was chopping the squash, onion, garlic and cilantro and that did the trick! This is warm, comfort food packed with nutrition! A good thing for us to be eating now!! 


1 tbsp olive or coconut oil

1 white or yellow onion, chopped

6 cloves garlic, finely chopped

½ tsp salt

½ t black pepper, freshly ground

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp turmeric, ground

2 tsp cumin

¼ tsp cayenne pepper

1, (28 ounce) can whole or diced tomatoes

2½ cups vegetable or chicken broth, organic low sodium

4 cups Butternut squash, chopped into cubes (*see note below)

1, (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 cup green or red lentils, rinsed

½ lemon, fresh juice of

1/3 cup cilantro, finely chopped


Heat olive oil in large saucepan. Add onion and garlic. Sauté for about 5 minutes or until the onion becomes translucent. Add cinnamon, turmeric, cumin and cayenne pepper to the onion mixture and stir to combine.

Stir in  tomatoes, broth, salt, pepper, and chopped butternut squash. Then add lentils and chickpeas. Bring to a boil. Lower heat to simmer, cover and cook for 20-25 minutes until the lentils and squash are soft. Add lemon and stir. Garish with cilantro and serve.

*NOTE: If you don’t have any butternut squash you can add sweet potato or any potato of your choice!

(adapted from a recipe found on



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The other morning, I went to my local Stop & Shop to get some food. Mind you, I didn’t need anything urgently, and yet I felt compelled to go.

When I entered the store, I was shocked to see how little food there was—especially in the produce section. Shelves were empty and what was left looked sad. I couldn’t believe my eyes and so I panicked. I grabbed (wait for it) a giant 4 ½ lb butternut IMG_1515squash. Why? I actually don’t know!

As I was driving home , I started to laugh at myself.  What was I thinking? The laughter felt good.  These are very rough times for all of us. But we have to take a deep breath and not panic. I promised myself that I wouldn’t do that again!

I will be searching for recipes to do something with this monster. Stay tuned and be healthy!

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Isn’t it crazy how the news of the coronavirus seems to change from hour and hour? There is so much information swirling, and so much negative news—it’s really easy be paralyzed with anxiety. Recently, a client of mine came down with flu-like symptoms and the minute I heard that, I decided to close down my business until I know what’s going on with her. We all have to do our part in trying not to spread this virus.

So, just like many of you, my life is very different right now. I made the decision, this morning, to stay positive. Staying positive doesn’t mean that I think everything is going to be fine. I’m staying positive merely to protect my sanity.

If you’re feeling well, the best thing you can do for your mind, body and soul is to exercise. Step outside into the crisp air and walk. You can stroll, you can walk briskly, you can walk up hills, you can walk with hand weights. You can 1800ss_getty_rf_woman_walking_with_hand_weightsmake a phone date and walk with a friend! Spring is coming and you’ll be amazed at what’s starting to happen in nature. If it’s raining out, have no fear. As long as you have internet access you can search for any type of home exercise from dancing to stretching. Moving will let you burn off frustration and will get those endorphins flowing!

Or course we’ll be watching more news and more Netflix but as long as we’re feeling well, we don’t have to let the coronavirus stop us from being active!

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