4.2018

Zion Nat'l Park, Columbine

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Robin Recommends…

Robin Recommends…

A special section of the HeartMatters website in which I highlight a listing of businesses offering products and services that have been verified by me to support an optimally healthful lifestyle. Let these businesses, restaurants, grocery stores, and specialty shops know that you saw them listed on my site and show your support of their efforts by enjoying a meal, purchasing food to take home, or engaging their professional services that will enhance your quality of life. Let me know of a business you would like me to put into the spotlight. Spread the word!


On Becoming Well

On the last evening of a wonderful 4-day backpack trip into the Eastern Sierras, I noticed a sensation in my throat, sort of a full and scratchy feeling. Not paying too much attention, I assumed that the extreme dust from the trail had irritated my nose and throat. In the middle of the night, I felt a bit achy, but chalked that up to sleeping on a thin pad and carrying a heavy load on the arduous hike. The next day, hiking out and back to civilization, I nearly forgot about not having felt well, I was able to push hard on the 8 mile hike. That night however, wow, I became really ill. Feverish, massive sore throat, cough, headache, runny eyes–yuck, I felt awful.

That was a week ago. After 3 days in bed and laying low at home, I have slowly been becoming well: able to venture out, walk the dog, accomplish a bit of work, food shop, etc. But what a humbling experience this has been. I had not been sick in many, many years–in fact, I prided myself on having vibrant health, on “never getting sick”–all of which I associated with eating healthfully, exercising regularly, and getting adequate sleep.

So much for that pretense of security, eh? Everyone gets sick! Some people are more susceptible to catching the germ that is going around, some people rarely become ill, and some of us are more resistant to germs and recover more quickly if an illness does take a stronghold. Like this flu bug did to me. In spite of my very good eating habits, and of being fit, I got sick. Perhaps the hard miles on the trail, eating trail food (and not very much of it), and the altitude had weakened my resistance–I will never know for sure.

After the initial shock that my body had “let me down” by becoming ill, I capitulated to the process, crawled into bed, and focused on getting well. I drank a lot of water, ate small amounts of healing foods, and was fascinated as I observed my body slowly regain its balance. I am still not quite 100%, but am feeling pretty close now.

My lesson is that in spite of my generally excellent health habits, I am simply human–I get sick–but I am becoming well.

Robin brings dedication, focus, passion, and intellect…

“Robin brings dedication, focus, passion, and intellect to whatever endeavor she is pursuing. She does not just talk about good health, she practices it thoroughly every day of her life. When she talks to clients about healthy lifestyle choices, they are able to see the effects of healthy choices by observing the woman in front of them!”
Arthur S., Client

"The Holiday Survival Cooking and Eating Class exceeded my expectations. It was so enjoyable to learn new ideas for healthy snacks and meals, taste the delicious treats we created and leave with an inspired hope that this will be my healthiest holiday season yet! I am impressed with the knowledge and care that Robin (and Wendy from In the Kitchen) both possess and I look forward to taking more classes in the future. Thanks again!"  --Rose M.   “What a wonderful, yummy class! Not only did we participate in creating several easy-to-make, delicious, nourishing dishes for the holidays and every day, we also learned strategies for surviving and enjoying the upcoming holiday season. Both Robin & Wendy were delightful and imparted their cooking and eating knowledge with love, humor, and enthusiasm. I highly recommend their classes to anyone who is interested in developing a better way to look at food, using thoughtfulness with mindfulness to learn some very valuable strategies for eating any time of the year!” --CAM   “I found the class delightful with great ideas for the holidays. In the Kitchen is a warm and welcoming place and you and Wendy were great teaching collaborators. Good new recipes. I appreciate your healthy eating information. I recommend this class to anyone wanting to enjoy the holidays without stressing over food. Actually, the information isn’t just for the holidays. I want to stay healthy all year and eat well.” --Pat B.   "I’ve participated in several classes at In the Kitchen, enjoyed them all immensely, but it is always a special treat when Wendy teaches a class. The recipes offered in The Holiday Survival class were easy to make and so delicious. And what a plus to have Robin co-teach the The Holiday Survival class with Wendy. Thank you, Robin, for all your great information on healthy eating, which was delivered so professionally, dovetailing beautifully into Wendy’s presentation. Hope you two team up again for more classes of scrumptious, healthy recipes. What a fun evening!!" --Carol B. _______________ I love this positive feedback! How gratifying it is to touch the lives of others in a meaningful way…and to be able to do so around a topic that is so dear to me, is just the icing on the cake (right—pun intended!). Wendy Van Wagner and I will continue to offer seasonal cooking classes in addition to the occasional specialty class…stay tuned!
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