IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT!

Gallery

This gallery contains 4 photos.

Don’t mean to shout, but you don’t need to blame yourselves every time you make unhealthy eating choices. You’ve heard the chips ad “Bet you can’t eat just one!” The answer to keeping the addiction under control? Continue reading

Advertisements

Stopping The Pain…You didn’t drop in and I just had to

        YBLC BLOG Volume 5  September 24, 2016

FOLLOW  

“Some of my feelings have been stored so long they have freezer burn”. Melody Beattie author of “The Language of Letting Go”.

This saying really spoke to me…

If you are struggling to find clarity with something in your life personally or professionally and it is not available to you today, which makes sense to you? Trust that things will become clear, OR struggle to gain perspective before it is time? Believe me, the latter will make you BSC (bat-sh-t crazy)!

When the Beast of fibromyalgia is pelting me with pain, is there a lesson? Pain hurts. It does not feel good. In the past, I tended to want to be in control & figure it all out. It wasn’t a conscious decision.

Today, I remind myself that it will only hurt for a while, to get off my own case.

I look around and see what were the triggers that let the Beast out to harass me. The weather? (I am the Great Canadian Weather Weenie.) Working like a mad woman with no thought to my well-being? (Have to keep firing her!) I don’t always know what the source is. I have learned to be ok with that and I push back when my boundaries are crossed, no guilt.

After being widowed for the second time, I kept hearing the Beatles song “Let it Be”. I can visualize, even now, where I was and what I was doing when it started playing…with family, in the car, coming out of a restaurant in Ottawa before I moved here.

How things in my life would work out sure wasn’t clear. Sensitive is my middle name. I was driving myself crazy agonizing over the“I should” and “I shouldn’t” and “what if’s”. That was on top of an overload of grief. I was used to working things out personally by myself and professionally with my husband, who was also my business partner. Taking the offer of business mentorship from a friend and savvy entrepreneur was my first best step that year.

In hindsight, I know the “Beast” originated from years of me not respecting my boundaries, being & doing everything for everybody and looking for approval from people who had none to give.

For a very long time I hung onto the inevitable painful feelings that are a part of growing past grief towards acceptance, healing and reviving to the other side. I have gotten to know myself much better throughout this process and am able to look at my life and realize many more gifts I received along the way.

It takes COURAGE to be willing to stand still and feel what you must feel. Take responsibility for your own self-care and watch how the flow and freedom of healing energy unleashes your potential! If you haven’t already, you will learn what the meaning of courage truly is. September is pain awareness month. Stop the pain.

 E_May3_2016

Love,

signature 7_14 1

Elaine Cooper YBLC Mom, Gramma, Author, Real Foodist, Speaker, Blogger, &  Aeroponic Urban Gardener

Taking the hassle OUT of healthy.


My Favourite Things in COOPER’S KITCHEN  

You didn’t drop in and I just had to. Ok, ok I ate the whole thing myself. Nope didn’t share even a bite!

Of course, not all at once as too much sugar and I don’t dance very well.

But you’ve got to try these brownies! or anything from this company located in Coaticook not far from my home town of Ayer’s Cliff.  Not this is what I call a time saver and it isn’t made by Betty “you know who”. Want gluten-free that tastes good? This prepared mix is free of potato starch, white flours, and additives. Just plain YUM and way healthier than most with dense whole grains (no wheat) like amaranth, quinoa and buckwheat.   Watch video

!img_1664

Tell me YOUR why? Is it your intention to make adjustments to your eating and lifestyle to increase your personal and professional performance? Struggling to make it happen in your household? Have you received recommendations to make changes from your doctor with the warning, “or else”?  No need to feel overwhelmed or deprived. Turn your intention into action steps. Share with me your why for making healthier choices in your life.

Click here to schedule your 30-MINUTE CLARITY CALL.


Forward to a Friend    It’s such a pleasure to help those closest to us become happier and healthier. Please forward this newsletter to friends, family members or colleagues who might be interested and inspired.EC-Logo-Final-Med


NOTE : This post is not intended to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of a health problem or as a substitute for consulting a licensed medical professional. Its always the best practice to consult your doctor for a comprehensive guide/advice on health problems.


You are receiving this newsletter because you expressed interest, subscribed or are enrolled in Your Better Living Coach Wellness Programs.  If you no longer wish to receive this simply unsubscribe. I’ll love you anyway and welcome you back anytime!

c) 2016 Your Better Living Coach all rights reserved

FOLLOW 

Click here to schedule your COMPLIMENTARY 30-MINUTE CLARITY CALL to map out your next steps toward “Better Living”.

I blame you Dad… for my streak

theno1thingDownload your “FREE REPORT

The #1 Thing You Can Do for Your Health In The Morning and Notice Results By Afternoon

When it comes to achieving optimal health, this is just ONE of the basic principles you can apply so you can improve your performance professionally and still feel like having fun with family and friends.


                                          FOLLOW Elaine Cooper YBLC

Volume 5   # 6 Newsletter  June   2016

The world belongs to those with the most energy. -Alexis de Tocqueville

My Dad was strong of character, physically active and a self-made entrepreneur. I blame him for my independent entrepreneurial streak!

Wedding 1; 2

Happy Father’s Day Dad

Dad was determined to wear the same grey suit (despite looking blue in little pic) both times he gave me away…20 years apart! He was darned proud that it still fit. Though he did wear a new shirt and tie! Thinking of you not just on Father’s Day, always.


 

ARTICLE Snack Attack

There’s no denying that everyone, at one time or another, has had a snack attack. Views on snacking differ. Some feel that snacking is bad and that eating between meals leads to weight gain. Others believe that eating many small meals and snacks throughout the day is healthy for maintaining energy levels and optimal weight. If there were one way of snacking that was right for everyone, we would all be doing it!

To alleviate snack attack guilt, try to understand why you are snacking and what snacks work best for your body. Perhaps you snack because your daily diet is missing nutrition, or because you are eating too little at meals. You might be snacking to soothe jangled nerves when you are emotional, or to entertain yourself when you are bored. Whatever your reason, acknowledge it and start thinking about how to create a life that is nourishing and truly satisfying.

Although snacks are no substitute for loving your life, they can be great energy boosters. Many convenient snack foods are highly processed and full of chemicals, additives, damaging fats and refined sugars. When a snack attack hits you, try foods that are filling and satisfying, but also nutritious. Here are some tips:

  • Snack on things that don’t come in a plastic wrapper or a box, like fresh fruit, leftover vegetables or rice cakes with almond butter and fruit spread.
  • Make your own signature trail mix, organic hot chocolate made with almond milk sweetened with agave nectar, or blue corn chips with hummus.

You can also try “upgrading”:

  • If you are craving something crunchy, upgrade from potato chips to raw carrots, apples or whole grain crackers.
  • If you are craving a candy bar, upgrade to a handful of nuts and dried fruit.
  • Instead of a cup of coffee, upgrade to green tea.

Instead of ice cream, upgrade to applesauce with cinnamon.

Upgraded snacks are high in nutrition and give you a greater sense of satiety and satisfaction; you won’t feel physically or psychologically deprived, and you’ll have plenty of energy to sustain your activities for hours.

Snacking is enjoyable and there is a wide variety of healthful goodies for whatever you’re craving, be it sweet, crunchy, salty, creamy or spicy. Dive in, be creative and enjoy your snack attack.

Food Focus: Fruit cropped-fruit-row.jpeg                                                                                                  

A healthy lifestyle is the key to longevity, optimum weight, abundant energy and balance. By using fruit to satisfy our taste for sweetness, we can leave behind the use of chemical, processed and refined sweeteners. Fruits are easy to digest, are cleansing and cooling and are great for those who are overstressed and overheated from excessive mental strain or hot climates. Fruits are filled with fibre and liver stimulants, which act as natural, gentle laxatives. Whenever possible, buy fresh, locally grown fruit as opposed to imported fruits shipped from far-off places. This keeps you eating in season, and more in harmony with your environment and climate.

Eating raw fruit in summer months is highly cooling, while baking it in the winter months neutralizes the cooling effect. Fruit in the form of juice is a great choice for cleansing the body, but be aware that juice rapidly raises blood sugar levels, leading to an energy crash soon after. Frozen, whole, puréed or juiced fruit can make great summertime cool-down treats. Try frozen grapes, banana-coconut smoothie popsicles or lime juice ice-cubes in iced tea!

Whether you are having fresh fruit for a light early morning breakfast, a midday snack or evening treat, enjoy nature’s sweetness and whenever possible buy organic. Here are a few summer fruits and their health benefits:

Apricots: Great for lung conditions and asthma; used to help treat anemia due to their high copper and cobalt content.

Bananas: Help to lubricate the intestines, treat ulcers, detoxify the body and manage sugar cravings; are rich in potassium (which helps hypertension).

Cherries: Slightly warming in nature; increase overall body energy, remedy arthritis and rheumatism and are rich in iron, which improves the blood.

Grapefruits: Treat poor digestion, increase appetite during pregnancy, alleviate intestinal gas and reduce mucus conditions of the lungs.

Papayas: Tone the stomach, act as digestive aid, moisten the lungs and alleviate coughing; contain carpaine, an anti-tumor compound.

Raspberries: Benefit the liver and kidneys, cleanse blood of toxins, regulate menstrual cycles, treat anemia and can promote labor at childbirth.

 If you like today’s issue, you’ll love the transformations you’ll experience with increased energy and decreased stress doing the things you WANT to do not barely managing to do the things you have to.Family Time

Your Better Living Coach Wellness Programs take the hassle out of healthy, cleaning up eating and lifestyle habits to make it work for you and your family, saving you time and money in the process. Healthy doesn’t have to be weird!

When was the last time you were given the personal attention you need?

Schedule your  Confidential HEALTH HISTORY SESSION here 


COOPER’S KITCHEN       Fit Fast Fun Recipes

Kombucha is loaded with probiotics that are beneficial to gut health. A fermented beverage, it is fresh with just the right amount of zing. (That is unless you leave it too long. Then you have a fresh vinegar for salads!) Costly in health food stores? Pennies when you make it yourself.

Download your KOMBUCHA RECIPE here

BE CREATIVE!

signature 7_14 1
E_May3_2016EC-Logo-Final-Small      AADP

certified      IIN Wheel

 

FOLLOW Elaine Cooper YBLC Mom, Gramma, Author, Real Foodist, Speaker, Blogger, &  Aeroponic Urban Gardener living a saucy seasoned midlife taking the hassle OUT of healthy.


What is YOUR why? Is it your intention to “get with it” and make adjustments to your eating and lifestyle?  Have you received recommendations to make changes from your doctor with the warning, “or else”? How do you make it happen in your life?  No need to feel overwhelmed or deprived. Turn your intention into action steps.

Schedule your confidential HEALTH HISTORY SESSION here 


Forward to a Friend    It’s such a pleasure to help those closest to us become happier and healthier. Please forward this newsletter to friends, family members or colleagues who might be interested and inspired.


NOTE : This post is not intended to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of a health problem or as a substitute for consulting a licensed medical professional. Its always the best practice to consult your doctor for a comprehensive guide/advice on health problems.


You are receiving this newsletter because you let me know that you are interested or involved in “Better Living”  subscribed or are enrolled in Your Better Living Coach Wellness Programs.  If you no longer wish to receive this simply unsubscribe. I’ll love you anyway and welcome you back anytime!

c) 2016 Your Better Living Coach all rights reserved

Scared? At first, heck yeh!

FOLLOW Elaine Cooper YBLC Mom, Gramma Author, Coach, Real Foodist, Speaker, Blogger, &  Aeroponic Urban Gardener living a saucy seasoned midlife taking the “Hassle out of Healthy” .

Where Am I? YBLExpo Ottawa

          May 14 2016

Resist your fear; fear will never lead to you a positive end. Go for your faith and what you believe.
T. D. Jakes

Scared? At first, heck yeh! That’s me behind that helmet if you hadn’t guessed.

.IMG_0745

By the time I took this picture I was feeling more comfortable sitting on the back of a sport motorcycle. This was our mode of travel when out and about from the RV on my epic month-long bucket list road trip.

I grew up with a not-so-healthy fear of being alone topped off with a huge lack of self-confidence which spills out now and again even now as an adult.

Newly married I was terrified that I couldn’t carry on if something happened to take the ones I loved away and…

… the something happened. Twice!

Our family has been torn apart with grief and the loss of  two much loved husbands & devoted Dads.

“You are so brave”. “You’ll get over it”. People mean well, brave is NOT what I felt. To live with this was like I needed to carry a shovel on my back just so I would be ready to dig out of the next pile of crap. I am going way out of my comfort zone putting this out there for you to see.

I chose to focus on the one thing that hadn’t changed … living with intention taking nothing for granted.  That fear of carrying on buried …to continue to the best of my ability despite my “mess” of grief, overwhelm, and exhaustion.


ARTICLE from business coach Suzanne Evans

Pain is inevitable.

It feels like it takes forever. It feels the pain will never end. Your emotional brain tells you this will always be hard. Always hurt. Always be wrong.

Your rational brain tells you that whatever is wrong will be ok. Whatever is happening will eventually be over.

So whether it is a relationship or business bust … an employee leaves… a long term client storms away… a person you love hurts you… you make a big mistake… everything stops working… someone leaves… you fail….. it fails… cash is strapped… you get sick… your feelings get hurt… all you hear are no’s… you just can’t get it right.

It hurts pretty bad in the moment.

1) Know that pain will not kill you. It actually informs you, educates you, and prepares you. Think about it. Without the pain you wouldn’t notice what is wonderful all around you. No one can really taste joy without experiencing deep pain.

2) This too shall pass. Nothing lasts forever.  The hurt will become a story. The scab will become a scar to simply remind you that you went through that. It is always with you, but no longer raw.

3) You need both. In business and life you need the wins and the losses. You need the hard and the easy. Life and business requires a balance and that balance comes through a deep well of experiences. Be ready instead of afraid of the tough spots. It’s really a blessing. It’s a teacher. It guides you on your weak spots and encourages you to strengthen them.

4) Share. My failures and hardships are much more interesting than what I did right. What works is simple. People see the success and they see the rewards. The pain and the mess ups are difficult to deal with. It’s ok.  Know that the world truly loves vulnerable people. And the world loves to help someone back up when they are down.

5) Confidence comes through despair. Every time we go through something hard in our business or our life we get a little more self confidence. Every time we end up on the other side of a hard time or a failure we realize we are stronger than we thought. We are wiser than we thought. We are more generous and strategic and sharp and courageous than we thought. It’s a little badge to add to the sash that says, “Look at what I have overcome.”

Pain is fear. Nothing more. Nothing less.

I have been a failure.
I have been embarrassed.
I have been hurt.
I have been worried.
I have been afraid.
I have been wrong.
I have been sad.
I have been a bust.

It has been painful…

And I’m here and the better for it. You will be too.

About: Suzanne Evans owner and founder of Suzanne Evans Coaching, LLC, is the tell-it-like-it-is, no fluff boss of business building. She supports, coaches, and teaches over 30,000 women enrolled in her wealth and business building programs. Having surpassed the seven figure mark herself in just over three years, she’s coached her private clients to total revenues exceeding 8 million dollars. In 2011, she launched her Global Impact Project, a not for profit serving women worldwide in education, entrepreneurship, and equality.


If you like today’s issue, you’ll love the transformations you’ll experience with

Your Better Living Coach Wellness Programs  that take the hassle out of healthy, making it work for you and your family, saving you time and money in the process.

SCHEDULE your DISCOVERY SESSION HERE 

E-Chef

Fit Fast Fun Recipes from

COOPER’S KITCHEN

I left this one “lucky” flower. Hmmm, I wonder if there is a 4-leaf clover in there?

IMG_3002

 

Neat ways to use dandelion in your meal prep.***Please be sure to pick ONLY greens or flowers where you know the area is free of any kind of toxic treatment. Beware of roadsides!

  1. Sautéed Greens and Garlic

With their rich mineral and vitamin content, dandelion greens are a healthy addition to any meal. Sautéing with garlic (or ginger or capers) adds flavour and gets rid of some of the bitterness they are famous for. Blanching them by immersing them in boiling water for 20 to 30 seconds also helps. The very mature leaves are the most bitter. If they are already in full flower they can be too unpleasant for some.

  1. Dandelion Pumpkin Seed Pesto

This nutritious pesto is perfect for a simple pasta, sandwich spread or veggie dip. Because the dandelion greens have a slight bite, the toasted pumpkin seeds (even sunflower or sesame), lemon juice and parmesan add variety and balance. Eliminate parmesan if avoiding dairy.

  1. Herbal Vinegar

This herbal vinegar is a nice change for salads, in dressings, soups, stews and sauces. Infuse dandelion flowers in apple cider vinegar for four weeks, strain and store in a dark place for up to twelve months.

BE CREATIVE!

  signature 7_14 1EC-Logo-Final-Small


SCHEDULE your DISCOVERY SESSION HERE 


What is YOUR why?
Is it your intention to “get with it” and eat cleaner? Received recommendations from your doctor for changing your eating habits ? No need to feel overwhelmed or deprived. Turn your intention into action steps.


Forward to a Friend    It’s such a pleasure to help those closest to us become happier and healthier. Please forward this newsletter to friends, family members or colleagues who might be interested and inspired by it.


NOTE : This post is not intended to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of a health problem or as a substitute for consulting a licensed medical professional. Its always the best practice to consult your doctor for a comprehensive guide/advice on health problems.


You are receiving this newsletter because you let me know that you are interested or involved in “Better Living”  subscribed or are enrolled in Your Better Living Coach Wellness Programs.  If you no longer wish to receive this simply unsubscribe. I’ll love you anyway and welcome you back anytime!

c) 2016 Your Better Living Coach all rights reserved

 

Link

…no it’s not what you think. I’m in love with rocks!

I got a little woo hiking on the red rocks of Sedona Arizona recently. I couldn’t help it with the sheer beauty surrounding me. The path was rough in some places and I had to pay attention to where I was making my next steps. Otherwise, I was taking it all in, the view, the beautiful day and feeling awestruck with the massive rock peaks.
Three months ago I mentioned to a friend I had been thinking of doing a road trip at some point exploring farmer’s markets around the country to meet the people and visit the places our food is grown in. Then I would share my experiences by writing & posting blog articles for others to enjoy.I never imagined that from that conversation, I would be tromping around at the Hoover Dam, filming a rare Grand Canyon rainbow, then perching on top of the red rocks in the Vortex of Sedona AZ  and getting there by using the less travelled roads. Lots to cross off my bucket list!

IMG_0397

Grand Canyon Rainbow

Ok, so what’s the big deal? Well, a few years ago diagnosed with fibromyalgia and wanting to stay under the covers with overwhelming pain and exhaustion, I couldn’t have imagined venturing out on a road for a week. A month? No way. I wouldn’t even have entertained the thought. How would I manage to keep from rocking the inflammatory boat that would drown me with fibromyalgia flare ups?

This time, my stinkin’ thinkin’ got booted out the door. I stopped thinking so much about it and grabbed the invitation for the opportunity to travel. No reason not to make this year mine, celebrating personal and professional milestones. Scared? Oh yeh. ’cause part of that time I would be travelling on the back of a sport motorcycle. With that visual in mind, I’ll tell you more next time.

A little confession here. I tried to ignore my birthday last year as I turned “60”! The very first time I experienced an “Ugh another birthday!” moment. This year I am making up for it and holding my own event. (Another one crossed off the bucket list)!

If you are in the Ottawa area I want to invite you to my birthday & business bash “Your Better Living Expo being held June 4 from 10- 4, benefitting  the Odawa Youth Social Enterprise program. Fun, Food, Education & Awareness for “better living” from the ground up. See you there?  Advance tickets are free. I will save you a hug!

See details and get your TICKETS here

Now, go on a treasure hunt of your own to find a nutrient dense food you haven’t tried yet. I’d love to hear what you chose.

signature 7_14 1



“BE CREATIVE” with this from my collection…

FIT FAST FUN RECIPES ~ CITRUS LIMEADE

The flavours of sweet honeydew, tart lime, and juicy red grapes combine in this smooth drink. A simple refreshing switch from sweet sodas and iced tea. Citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C and other healthful nutrients such as glutathione.

INGREDIENTS 

  • 1 small honeydew melon
  • ½ cup seedless red grapes
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 cups sparkling water

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cut melon in half, scoop out seeds, peel, nd cut into 1-inch cubes. Wash grapes well and remove stems. Freeze melon and grapes for one hour.
  2. Combine frozen melon and grapes with lime juice and honey in a blender. Puree until smooth, adding water as needed. Serve immediately.

Click here for your FREE 30 Minute Consultation  with me Want more energy and less stress? Let’s take the hassle out of healthy. It’s never too early or too late.

digging deep

FOLLOW Elaine Cooper YBLC  Coach, Real Foodist, Speaker, Blogger,  Aeroponic Urban Gardener & Gramma Geek taking the “Hassle out of Healthy”

SCHEDULE your DISCOVERY SESSION HERE 

Volume 2 #8 May 23, 2015

Secret of being Happy

What is YOUR story?

Lately I find myself digging deep to have a look from where I came and what’s ahead.  A very special friend wrote to me, “Some of us are tested from time to time; some of are tested more often; some of us are tested all the time. None of us gets away without being tested at all – never.

Living life with intention, in the moment, and looking forward is what keeps us hopeful, engaged and (dare I say it) happy. There is nothing we can do to change the past – we can only learn from it – not dwell on it. I guess this is how being grown up feels”.

IMG_3033

Ottawa Tulip Festival

Tiptoeing through the tulips this May has been a month of turning inward to contemplate my next steps to living, giving and the legacy I want to leave behind.

I am closing out my 50’s with no clue what my 60’s have in store but I am darned well going to hit ’em head on with the same old intention “to the best of my ability”!

COOPER’S KITCHEN has this for you…Chicken Pad Thai   Paleo style

gluten free, dairy free, grain free

Broccoli slaw and julienned carrots replace the noodles in this dish.  You can usually get a cut up bag of broccoli slaw in any regular grocery store next to the bagged salads. This makes about 3 servings.

Ingredients

  • 1½ lb chicken meat, cut into small 1” chunks OR (use cut up cooked chicken and add at end just to reheat
  • 4-5 Tbsp extra virgin coconut oil(more if you use breast meat, less if you use thigh meat)
  • 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Aminos(or use 1 more Tbsp fish sauce)
  • 4 Tbsp fresh lime juice (or use a good quality bottled Lime Juice)
  • ½ Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 5 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4-5 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 12oz package of broccoli/carrot slaw
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into thin julienne strips (only if you can’t find combo of brocc/carrot slaw)
  • chopped peanuts OR cashews

Directions

  1. Heat a wok over medium-high heat.  Add oil and garlic, cook about 1 minute.
    2.    Add chicken and cook 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently, until lightly browned.
    3.    Add fish sauce, coconut aminos, lime juice and vinegar.  Cook at a rapid simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 5-8 minutes.
    4.    Add broccoli slaw and julienned carrot (& cooked chicken if using)  Cook, stirring frequently, until soft but still firm, about 3-4 minutes.
    5.    Toss or garnish with green onion and cilantro.

Elaine’s Tips: If you like your Thai food spicy add some crushed cayenne pepper for a kick!   Chopped cashews can be used instead of peanuts. As an option you might want to add an egg. Just push the Pad Thai aside in the pan to create an open space down to the surface of the pan. Crack, scramble and cook the egg like you are making scramble eggs. Once it is fully cooked, mix it in with the rest of the Pad Thai.

Be creative!


SCHEDULE your DISCOVERY SESSION HERE 

If you like today’s issue, you’ll love the transformations you’ll experience with Your Better Living Coach Wellness Programs  that take the hassle out of healthy, making practical eating and lifestyle adjustments work for you and your family, saving you time and money in the process.

E-Chef

Received recommendations from your doctor for changing your eating habits ?

Want to rid yourself of guilt whether you are eating healthy enough?

No need to feel overwhelmed or deprived.

Get the support and guidance you deserve.

Turn your intention into action steps.

Grab a spot here to chat with me to let me know What is YOUR story?


Forward to a Friend    It’s such a pleasure to help those closest to us become happier and healthier. Please forward this newsletter to friends, family members or colleagues who might be interested and inspired by it.


NOTE : This post is not intended to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of a health problem or as a substitute for consulting a licensed medical professional. Its always the best practice to consult your doctor for a comprehensive guide/advice on health problems.


You are receiving this newsletter because you let me know that you are interested or involved in “Better Living”  subscribed or are enrolled in Your Better Living Coach Wellness Programs.  If you no longer wish to receive this simply unsubscribe. Welcome you back anytime!

c) 2015 Your Better Living Coach all rights reserved

no regrets…you?

FOLLOW Elaine Cooper YBLC  coach, real foodist, speaker, blogger,  aeroponic urban gardener & grandma geek taking the “Hassle out of Healthy”

          Volume 2 #7 April 29 2015

“Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success.”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

IMG_5143

Playtime

I recently attended a birthday celebration where I was asked if there was anything I wished I would have pursued. This actually stopped me speechless. (I know rare occasion!)
I couldn’t think of a single thing I would liked to have done that I hadn’t. My deep desire was to have a family and raise them to the best of my ability . No regrets!
I grew up believing in the “happily ever after”.  You know the Cinderella and her handsome ‘fella story! I found the handsome ‘fella and we fell into the ” love each other for ever” mode. We were self-sufficient, living in the same area we had grown up in, simply with intention & purpose.
Eventually ambition and a sense of adventure had us packing up and moving. Did I mention across the country…scared stiff crying for most of the way.

 

To be continued …
Watch for my next article as I take on the challenge of sharing my “mess”.

signature 7_14 1

 

 

P.S. Have you decided it is time to take the hassle out of healthy to make it work for you and your family?  Go here   Busy Mother Cooking For Family


RECIPE for you from…

Cooper’s Kitchen

(That’s me)


Veggie Wraps

with Herbed Hummus (click here)                                                           vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, egg free

 An easy lunch recipe loaded with goodness!

Fresh Rolls

Veggie Wraps

Ingredients·

  •     12- 16 green leaves (swiss chard, large romaine or  collard
  •     1 cucumber peeled (or not)
  •      1 red bell pepper
  •      ½ cup hearts of palm, rinsed and patted dry
  •      1 small carrot peeled
  •      1 stalk celery
  •      2 cups herbed hummus (see recipe blog post)
  •      1 ripe avocado sliced
  •      ½ cup raw cashews, toasted and lightly crushed
  •       20 basil leaves
  •       1 tbsp chopped fresh chives.

Directions

1.     Steam greens (not if using romaine) for 1 minute. Remove immediately and let cool. Lie flat and arrange into triangles. Lay a paper towel on top and roll rolling pin or jar over the leaves to crush the veins.

2.     Cut cucumber, red pepper, hearts of palm, carrot and celery into thin strips. Combine in a bowl and stir.

3.     To assemble the wrap, place a rectangle of leaves (2-3) on a cutting board.   Spread ¼ of hummus along one of the longer edges. Follow with ¼ of the avocado on top of hummus, then same for cucumber mixture cashews, basil and chives.IMG_0432

4.     Roll up halfway, tucking in ends so filling won’t ooze out. Finish by rolling up as tight as you can. Keep going until you have made 4 wraps in all.

  Serve as is (minus the toothpick!)

 

If you like today’s issue, you’ll love the transformations you’ll experience with Your Better Living Coach Wellness Programs  that take the hassle out of healthy, making it work for you and your family, saving you time and money in the process.

E-Chef

Is it your intention to “get with it” and eat cleaner? Received recommendations from your doctor for changing your eating habits ? No need to feel overwhelmed or deprived. Turn your intention into action steps. What is YOUR why?

SCHEDULE your DISCOVERY SESSION HERE      


Forward to a Friend    It’s such a pleasure to help those closest to us become happier and healthier. Please forward this newsletter to friends, family members or colleagues who might be interested and inspired by it.


NOTE : This post is not intended to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of a health problem or as a substitute for consulting a licensed medical professional. Its always the best practice to consult your doctor for a comprehensive guide/advice on health problems.


You are receiving this newsletter because you let me know that you are interested or involved in “Better Living”  subscribed or are enrolled in Your Better Living Coach Wellness Programs.  If you no longer wish to receive this simply unsubscribe. Welcome you back anytime!

c) 2015 Your Better Living Coach all rights reserved

sticks n’ stones

FOLLOW Elaine Cooper YBLC  coach, speaker, blogger, cook, passionate urban gardener

          Volume 2 #6 April 15 2015

The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach- author Benjamin Mays

Ever been called names?  As a child we may not have the words handy to even out the hurt with standing up for ourselves. Is the bully following the crowd, because it makes them feel good? Or doing it because it is the ONLY way they feel strong? Anyway you look at it bullying is wrong. Knowledge is powerful for the abused as well as the abuser. So is the support from others and the power of forgiveness to move on.

As an adult do those words echo from the playground? What have you discovered that has taken you from the pain for letting go?


Now that spring has finally sprung making way for warmer days and outdoor activities, what are the signs that you look for? Here are two of mine. Crocuses at my Mom’s pushing their heads out into the sunshine. And now the ice going out of the Ottawa River.

Spring is sprung!

Spring is sprung!

IMG_5123

Happy Spring!

signature 7_14 1

 

 

 

 

P.S. Imagine having the energy to do the things you want as well as the things you have to. Want to find out how?  More info here 

Have a look!


RECIPE for you from …

Cooper’s Kitchen    


Herbed Hummus

 Much lower in fat than traditional hummus use as a veggie dip, spread, or topping.

 Ingredients·

  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves lightly packed
  •    ½ cup tarragon leaves, lightly packed
  •    4 cups garbanzo (chickpeas) drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • ½ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, lightly packedjuice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp. toasted sesame seed
  • 2 cloves garlic¼ cup chopped chives

Directions

1.     Rinse and pat basil and tarragon leaves dry, and chop coarsely. Transfer to food processor with beans, broth, parsley, lemon juice, sesame seeds, and garlic.

2.     Process until creamy or desired consistency. Stir in chives. Store in sealed container in refrigerator. Will keep for 4 days.

Elaine’s Note:

I like to use my fresh or frozen pesto to flavour this hummus as an alternative to using fresh herbs. This makes a large recipe you may want to ½ the ingredients. Do not freeze.

Picked these from my  aeroponic Tower Garden.Herb Medley      GF DF Vegetarian

Be Creative!

If you like today’s issue, you’ll love the transformations you’ll experience with Your Better Living Coach Wellness Programs  saving you time & money increasing your energy and decreasing the guilt about what you ‘should’ or ‘shouldn’t’ eat.

Is it your intention to “get with it” and eat cleaner? Received recommendations from your doctor for changing your eating habits ? No need to feel overwhelmed or deprived. Turn your intention into action steps.

 SCHEDULE your Discovery Session HERE  Tell me your why.


Forward to a Friend    It’s such a pleasure to help those closest to us become happier and healthier. Please forward this newsletter to friends, family members or colleagues who might be interested and inspired by it.


NOTE : This post is not intended to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of a health problem or as a substitute for consulting a licensed medical professional. Its always the best practice to consult your doctor for a comprehensive guide/advice on health problems.


You are receiving this newsletter because you let me know that you are interested or involved in “Better Living”  subscribed or are enrolled in Your Better Living Coach Wellness Programs.  If you no longer wish to receive this simply unsubscribe. Welcome you back anytime!

c) 2015 Your Better Living Coach all rights reserved

 

thumbs up for this recipe

Volume 1 Issue 15  July 23 2014

Follow me

Thumbs UpI

It was all “thumbs up” at the Ottawa Raw Community Picnic last weekend.  Thanks  Angus for agreeing to hold the thought while I grabbed my phone for a shot.  A nice compliment along with the fact that the container was EMPTY when I picked it up before leaving!  Grab the video Watch video and recipe for the Raw Donut Balls or Kim Bits as I like to call them!

IMG_3639

With a background of the buildings on Parliament Hill it was a great setting to meet and greet others who share a passion for living healthy.  Rain threatened but held off and we had some lovely discussions all around.


Watch video         Cooper’s Kitchen ~ Recipe of the Week ~


RAW DONUT BALLS    aka  KIM BITS

INGREDIENTS

  • 30 Medjool daates
  • 2 c. dried flaked coconut
  • 2 c. almonds (cashews, or walnuts)
  • 2 Tbsp. hemp hearts
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut butter (not oil)
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup or (honey)
  • 4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 4 Tbsp raw cane or coconut sugar

Soak nuts & dates for a few hours or overnight. Drain and remove pits from dates. In food processor pulse nuts before adding dates and other ingredients (except cane sugar and cinnamon). Pulse again until mixture holds together. Form into bite size balls. Roll in cinnamon and sugar. Refrigerate if not serving right away or freeze for a later when you want a healthy sweet treat.

vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, raw

Bon Appetit!



HAPPY SUMMER!  

signature 7_14 1

P.S   It’s such a pleasure to help those closest to us become happier and healthier. Please forward this newsletter to friends, family members or colleagues who might be interested and inspired by it.


Contact me for your FREE Get-Acquainted 1 on 1 call
to see how you can increase your energy and decrease your stress making eating and lifestyle adjustments.

Elaine Cooper IHC Integrative Health Coach/Chef Santé Intégrale

AADP Certified/Certifié

elaine@yourbetterlivingcoach.com

Putting the ”F” into FUN making practical food & lifestyle adjustments for reviving not merely surviving.


You are receiving this newsletter because you expressed interest in receiving it, subscribed or are enrolled in Your Better Living Coach Wellness Programs.  If you no longer wish to receive this simply unsubscribe.     Will welcome you back anytime!


NOTE : This post is not intended to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of a health problem or as a substitute for consulting a licensed medical professional. Its always the best practice to consult your doctor for a comprehensive guide/advice on health problems.

have a good laugh on me

Volume 1 Issue 14  July 19 2014

Follow me

Forget following the Kardashians. I love following Farmers’ Markets!  Does this make me a Farmers’ Market Junkie?  I discovered the Westboro Farmers’ Market in Ottawa recently.

Westboro Market

Westboro Market

IMG_3622

I  usually end up sharing an idea for a recipe . Rola from Kiwan Farms asked me how I was going to use the lovely swiss chard leaves raw & even invited me to visit their gardens.

I have a how-to-make this week’s recipe on video for you. Watch for my blooper.  After you have a little chuckle on my expense, I would love to hear from you what recipes you have tried and if you gave them a thumbs up or changed them to suit your tastebuds.  Enjoy!  Watch video


Watch video         Cooper’s Kitchen ~ Recipe of the Week ~

Raw Fresh Rolls        This is what I told Rola I wanted to do with the large swiss chard leaves.  These are aaamazing!

   Raw Fresh Rolls

Serve with your fave Thai sauce or sweet & sour sauce.

Makes about 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 c. raw sunflower seeds that have been soaked overnight & chopped fine
  • 1/2 to 1 c. chopped mushrooms
  • 1 c. herb medley chopped- parsley, cilantro, basil (I used purple bush basil, Vietnamese cilantro, parsley & reg. cilantro)
  • 1 tbsp garlic pesto or 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 onion shallot chopped
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • dash herb salt or sea salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 5-6 large leaves ( swiss chard, romaine or bib lettuce)washed. Pat dry to remove excess water.
  • toothpicks (not q-tips!!! like I mentioned in video)

Chop raw sunflower seeds into a medium grind in food processor. Add rest of ingredients to processor and chop until all is finely chopped but not mushy. Fill washed/dried fresh leaves only up an amount that you can roll easily. Secure with (toothpick)…please remember to remove before eating!

vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, raw

Bon Appetit!



HAPPY SUMMER!  

signature 7_14 1

P.S   It’s such a pleasure to help those closest to us become happier and healthier. Please forward this newsletter to friends, family members or colleagues who might be interested and inspired by it.


Contact me for your FREE Get-Acquainted 1 on 1 call
to see how step-by-step you can increase your energy and decrease your stress around making eating and lifestyle adjustments.

Elaine Cooper IHC Integrative Health Coach/Chef Santé Intégrale

AADP Certified/Certifié

elaine@yourbetterlivingcoach.com

Putting the ”F” into FUN making practical food & lifestyle adjustments for reviving not merely surviving.


You are receiving this newsletter because you expressed interest in receiving it, subscribed or are enrolled in Your Better Living Coach Wellness Programs.  If you no longer wish to receive this simply unsubscribe.     Will welcome you back anytime!


NOTE : This post is not intended to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of a health problem or as a substitute for consulting a licensed medical professional. Its always the best practice to consult your doctor for a comprehensive guide/advice on health problems.