4.2018

Zion Nat'l Park, Columbine

A Cure for the Spins

My head was spinning. Ok, Ok, not in the way you are imagining…this was not the result drinking too much alcohol! My spins were in response to a long phone call with my web guy Lance Brown. And, by the way, the spins were not because of Lance, this was all about me. Sigh. My equilibrium shake-up comes from my inner voice reminding me to slow down, stay present, and to be kind to myself as I contemplate all the various options to grow my business, HeartMatters. I struggle with finding time for it all: blogging, writing articles, preparing for presentations, meeting with clients and following up on those meetings, building new relationships, and now tweetdeck…Not to mention, exercise, cooking, spending time with my husband, walking the dog, doing chores, blahblahblah.

So here is the cure: I hung up from Lance and marched right into the kitchen. I sliced apples and pears, then threw them into a baking dish, adding cinnamon, fresh nutmeg, and a pinch of sugar.  I mashed up coconut oil, flour, and another pinch of sugar, tossed that on top of the fruit, placed the dish in the oven, set the heat for 350, the timer for 45 minutes, and voila! In less than 15 minutes, I had simmered down. The focus of thinly slicing the fruit and making the topping allowed me to breathe and quiet my mind. Now the mouth-watering smell wafting from my kitchen is another reward for having given myself permission to take 1/4 of an hour out of an already busy day to nourish myself by immersing in an activity that I cherish.The smile on my hubby’s face when he smells/see the unexpected dessert will be further reward!

In planning my day, I would not have seen time to make a fruit crisp, which makes that brief waltz away from “work” all the more of a gift. Next time, I might go out to the garden and weed for a few moments, or sit on the porch and listen to the birds singing from the treetops, or watch the clouds float by… you get the idea, right? Giving yourself permission to enjoy a few moments to relax in the middle of the spins will completely cure them!

What are you doing for your own variation of the spins?

Robin Mallery

Robin Mallery

Robin Mallery is passionate about food! Starting from where and how it's grown, to how far that food travels to the dinner table, to how it is prepared and savored...Robin blends shopping, cooking, and eating tips with her unique Kitchen Zen and mindful meals approach to enjoying real food.

While you are waiting for her to finish the upcoming book, "Kitchen Zen: The Journey to Nourish Body and Soul in Our Changing World", you can find Robin's sporadic blog posts here or on FaceBook.
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4 Responses to “A Cure for the Spins”

  • That sounds WONDERFUL. What great advice…the mind is SO connected to the body, and sometimes simple and pleasant activities quiet our spinning brains. I will pass this on to Theresa.

  • Robin Mallery:

    Thank you Jim for reading the posting and for the positive comments.

  • Hola friend

    A excellent post that made good reading.

    Keep them coming, very enjoyable.

    Thanks

    Sue

  • G’day friend, terrific post. I prefer the way you write. Just facebooked your blog and I will make sure to visit it as frequently as I can, hopefully once a week. 🙂 You have a great blog here, which offers great and useful information. It is obvious you put a lot of effort into it. Thanks for the opportunity to read what you have to write about. Feel free to message me if you have any exclusive information on this topic. Take care.

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"When my husband of 34 years died I lost my interest in cooking.  Instead I began relying on quick frozen organic entrees and dinners. After three years I decide to improve the quality of my diet, so I contacted Robin Mallery. Robin helped me create a more nourishing and healthful diet that took my busy teaching and consulting schedule into consideration.

It was a joy to work with Robin. She is knowledgeable, supportive, intuitive, and warm.  I highly recommend her as a Heart Healthy Coach.

Through lifestyle counseling, the sharing of her delicious and healthy family recipes, and an informative and fun "field trip" to a local whole food market, I have shifted to an eating plan that is healthy, delicious, and swiftly prepared. The key to swift and healthy meal preparation for me has been Robin's 90-minute Sunday afternoon food prep model, a strategy that assures quick and delicious high quality meals throughout the week. I consider my leisurely Sunday afternoon food preparation time as self-indulgent "me" time, and enjoy chopping, baking, and sauteing against the backdrop of classical music and a glass of wine.  I also love the fact that a nutritious and delicious dinner is ready when I walk through the door every night of my work week.  It's as if I finally have that personal chef I have always coveted, only it's me!"  ---Patricia J., Nevada City

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