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January 15, 2010
Nature's Green
Attention Yo-Yo Dieters: Please READ THIS before going on another diet this year!
Independent School Fair
This Week
Big Basin: Winter Wildflower Walk! Good for Families with Tweens
Attention Yo-Yo Dieters: The Answers!
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  Nature's Green

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Most of the country, indeed much of the northern hemisphere, is colder than we are!  It's our good fortune and smart choice to live in such a temperate climate where winter can include a wildflower walk on a weekend, after-school walks in our parks, bike rides or a trip to the beach.

This temperate climate affords us an abundance of quality organic produce which makes it a lot easier to eat those five daily helpings of vegetables --one of my lifestyle changes.  Greens three times a day have become a habit: spinach, peppers, onions and eggwhites for breakfast, a salad for lunch and in the evening soup with dino kale.  I'm losing weight and feel better, but I won't bore you with details.  Besides, Santa Cruz' local nutritionist-chef, Jennifer Brewer is the expert at this.  She comes up with a great variety of delicious meals.  Jennifer wrote an article for us!  I hope you enjoy it and visit her website.

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  Attention Yo-Yo Dieters: Please READ THIS before going on another diet this year!

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If you are like millions of Americas, losing weight tops your list of New Year's Resolutions and chances are, you are thinking about starting some kind of diet. For years, losing weight was a top resolution of mine and January was when I would start my diet. You know the drill: "I won't eat any sugar, I will stop drinking wine, I will stop eating all bread products, etc, etc. Does any of this sound familiar?

And I would lose weight. In fact, I am probably one of the only people who think this but, DIETS DO WORK! Yes, you read that right. Think about it: a diet is designed to help you lose weight quickly, and most of the time, you do. However, the keeping the weight off part is where diets fall short. And year after year, I would typically gain the weight back and find myself making the same resolution again come December 31st. It took me a long time to figure out what Albert Einstein meant when he said so brilliantly, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

Looking back, I realize that I NEEDED diets to give me direction because I simply did not trust myself to make good food decisions. The reality was I felt that I had to restrict bread because I did not trust myself to stop eating it once I started. But, the thing is, I love bread and when I wasn't eating it I felt like I was on a diet and that was always a temporary situation in my mind. I mean, I never actually thought I would have to live my whole life without bread (oh, the horror!), I just thought I would "get" to eat it once I reached the "magic weight" (you know, the weight where all of your problems go away in a poof!) and became "enlightened" enough to stop eating bread after one or two slices.

When I sadly realized that food enlightenment wasn't going to come knocking on my front door, I had a choice to make: I could ride the diet rollercoaster for the rest of my life or I could learn to trust myself to make healthy food decisions. This meant opening my life up to all foods I loved, not counting calories or restricting my foods. It took a leap of faith (what if I gained 100 pounds?!!) but in learning to trust myself, I was able to lose weight without dieting and keep it off for good.

Since then, I have been on a mission to change the way people lose weight. I really feel the key to getting off the yo-yo dieting rollercoaster is learning to trust yourself to eat the foods that your whole body wants (not just your taste buds) and listening to your body when it tells you when it is hungry or has had enough.

Instead of resolving to just lose weight this year, why not resolve to lose weight without dieting, keep it off for good and NEVER go on another diet again? The process of losing weight without dieting isn't a simple formula and each person has their own process but the following steps worked for me: scroll down

  Independent School Fair

Save the date! Wednesday, January 20, 6:30pm

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  This Week

Event CalendarBelow is only a partial list of upcoming events and activities so be sure to click on our EVENT CALENDAR so you do not miss anything >>

Use the PARENT PLANNER to click on events and resources you are interested in and click PRINT MY PLANNER to print or email your list.

 

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School Corner

 

 

Open Houses
1/16 Waldorf K
1/17 Santa Catalina Arts
1/18 Santa Catalina Lower School
1/19 Springhill
Also
1/16 Ed Resource Center: Choosing a School
1/20 Central Coast Independent School Fair
1/15-23 Santa Catalina: the Crucible
1/11-3/22 Physics & Chemistry

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Avant Parenting: Japanese Style

 

Sometimes I wonder if homeschooling is a sign of madness.

 

Then it occurs to me that parenting is probably a sign of madness. It certainly is for the men: they could go off and do the mighty hunter routine and go find another cave to live in, but instead they stick around with us. For the women, it's less easy. It's hard to reject flesh of your flesh, if you know what I mean.

 

This comes up because I'm exhausted. Today I ran "Japanese Culture Club" for four homeschooled girls. It used to be three, but four is a definite improvement. We added an older, calmer girl to the mix and gave it a good stir. Not quite the craziness of the three ingredient mix, if you know what I mean.>>>>>>>>>

 

 

So many

Museums!

Heddi's Blog: Hands On Learning

 

(Products/Books) FridgePhonics.jpgFridge Phonics is one of the few "noisy toys" that I recommend. Although reading the English language is full of exceptions to the rule, knowing the most common sounds which letters make is useful to most children when they are first learning to read >>>>>>>>>>>

 

You can meet Heddi at the upcoming Independent School Fair.  She will be providing an activities table for children while parents talk with school representatives.  Visit her blog to get more hands on learning ideas.

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Fresh n' Ready Dinners to Go!
We offer a selection of Main Dishes that you can pick-up at our downtown store, no pre-ordering necessary. We make dinner easy! Available Tuesday-Saturday beginning at 11am

 


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Haiti

 

The American Red Cross already has seen an outpouring of support and concern from the public.

 

People who want to help those affected by the Haitian earthquake can make a donation to the American Red Cross International Response Fund at Redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.

 

The Red Cross is also receiving money through a third party mobile fundraising effort sponsored by Mobile Accord. Mobile donors can text "Haiti" to 90999 to send a ten dollar donation to the Red Cross. The funds will go to support the Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti.

 

To date we have not received any request for blood products from the government of Haiti. We will respond to any request that we receive for blood products based on availability.

 

At this time, we are only deploying Red Cross volunteers specially trained to manage international emergency operations. Please consider supporting your community's local needs by volunteering with your local Red Cross.

 

If your loved one has citizenship in Haiti, please be patient and continue to call or contact other family members who live nearby. If you're trying to reach a U.S. citizen living or traveling in Haiti, you should contact the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services, at 1-888-407-4747, or visit www.icrc.org/familylinks

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 Big Basin: Winter Wildflower Walk! Good for Families with Tweens

(Site Photos) Flower_chaparral.jpgWinter Wildflower Walk! 5+ or able to hike 4-5 miles, Saturday, January 16 & Sunday, January 17, 10 am


Flowers in the winter? Fall rains bring a whole new blooming season upon us-many plants survived through the long, hot, dry summer just waiting for the cooler, wetter months to return and refresh them. Lichens, mosses and many chaparral plants just begin blooming this time of year! Join docent Scott Peden and learn to identify these flowering plants. Saturday's walk is a four-mile, four-hour walk. Sunday's walk is a five-mile, five-hour walk. Bring water, lunch and good hiking shoes. In case of rain, there will be a wildflower slide show in our warm Sempervirens Room!

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The British Soldier lichen to the right is barely 1/4" high.

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(Site Photos) JenniferBrewer_color_640.jpgFocus on what you GET to eat instead of what you cannot eat: Add more healthy foods, like fruits and vegetables to your diet and fill up on those foods first. You shouldn't have to give up anything to lose weight when the majority of your diet is healthy, unprocessed foods. With no more off limit foods, you can begin to change the notion that foods are either Good or Bad, and in doing so, remove the idea that you have "broken your diet" when you eat an off-limit food.

Plan your meals: Take 30-60 minutes each week and plan out your meals and snacks for the week. Think about it: if you had a plan for the week and there was healthy food waiting for you in the refrigerator, wouldn't it be SO much easier to eat well and nourish yourself? A plan will make it easier to make healthy food decisions, and the more healthy decisions you make, the better you feel and the more empowered you are to keep making those healthy food decisions.

Warm Your Kitchen: Does your kitchen feel like the heart of your home or the appendix? As a happy chef I may be a bit biased, but I truly believe that cooking at home is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself and your family. And I am not talking about warming things up in the microwave. Cooking, you know, from scratch--with amazing smells! Cooking at home allows you to eat fresh, less processed foods, which in turn can help you lose weight and have more vitality. Cooking also allows you to feel more connected to your food, and in my experience, much more satisfied with the entire process of eating.

Eat When You Are Hungry: Sounds simple, right? But how many times have you thought to yourself, just one more errand, meeting, phone call...then I will stop and eat?" When we repeatedly ignore our body's signals we lose touch with our inner signs of hunger and fullness. In my opinion, eating when you are hungry is the best way to STOP eating when you are not hungry.

Trust your Instinct: Traditional weight loss and dieting tend to be left-brained activities-this food has this many calories, grams of fat, etc. Add some right-brained intuition to the mix. Start by simply asking yourself, "how does this food make me feel when I eat it?" Generally, we want to feel good (right?) so you will find yourself naturally gravitating towards healthier foods because you are in tune with how they make you feel.

Accept who you are and the types of foods you love. One of my favorite go-to diets in my early years was the low-carb diet, mainly because it worked so well for me (since it eliminated like 75% of what I would typically eat-I LOVE CARBS!). I could lose weight like crazy on that diet. But, I was seriously neglecting a part of me that loves bread and starch. Now I realize that I just can't eliminate an entire group of foods that I LOVE and expect to feel peaceful about it. And I also know that I feel better (trusting my instinct) when I choose carbohydrates that are whole and minimally processed, like brown rice or sprouted grain breads. Find a way to have the foods you love the most be a part of your life.

If you have resolved to make changes to support a happier, healthier, more vital you this year, then congratulations! Knowing you want a change is a crucial step, and isn't making changes always easier when we feel supported? I would love to make the process of eating healthy, satisfying meals easier for you. That's why I created my Healthy Meal Planning Service. Every week, I send you healthy recipes, a shopping list and a dose of inspiration to support you on your journey to eating healthier. You also get weekly coupons for New Leaf Community Markets valued at twice that of the cost of the subscription! The best part is you can try it absolutely free for an entire month at www.nourishingnutrition.com.

Let's hear it for comforting and nourishing foods that make our kitchen smell great!

Jennifer Brewer is a nutritionist and natural foods chef who is on a mission to change the way people lose weight. After years of yo-yo dieting, Jennifer found that by eating REAL food that she LOVED, she could finally stop dieting and start living! Through cooking classes, interactive workshops and her online Healthy Meal Plan, she educates and inspires individuals to prepare healthy foods that unlock their body's optimal potential AND taste amazing. Jennifer's recipes have been featured on numerous websites and in publications and books, such as Free To Eat: The Proven Recipe for Permanent Weight Loss. She is a graduate of the Chef's Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Cookery School in New York City and has a Masters Degree in Nutrition. Meet her at www.nourishingnutrition.com.

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