Be More Magazine via Bulletproof Executive

By Nancy Smorch, Foodie Bitch

It’s no secret that I’ve become a big fan of Dave Asprey from The Bulletproof Executive.  Ever since Lindsey introduced me to the Bulletproof Coffee and I checked it out on Dave’s site, I’ve learned a lot of new things (and I LOVE learning!), and have really enjoyed listening to a few of his podcasts.

Since I get updates and notices by e-mail from The Bulletproof Executive, this past week I received a link to an online magazine that Dave contributes to: “Be More Magazine.”

So, of course, I clicked on the link, watched the introductory video, and perused through the issue.  I love the look and the feel, and the information is great.  I ended up subscribing – and it’s free, for now.

Dave’s article in this months magazine is about “hacking the holidays.”  He goes over strategies for staying healthy and having peak performance over the holidays.  It was a great article for me to read, as it reminded me about activated charcoal and how using it can be especially helpful this time of year if you are eating things or exposed to things that may not be that healthy for you.  Activated charcoal is now going to be in my “first aid kit” for when I travel (along with select essential oils and healthy food I can snack on).  It will come in handy when I’m not sure of the quality of the food and drinks I consume while away from home.

He also talked about “Earplanes”: pressure-relieving earplugs.  I had never heard of them before, but those will be added to my “first aid travel kit” as well.  I’ve never had an issue with pain in my ears on take off or landing before, but when Mike and I returned from California a couple of months ago, I was on the verge of something, and my head was congested.  I experienced quite a bit of pain in my ears during take off and landing – felt like my ears were going to pop!  So, Earplanes, definitely would have been a welcome relief.

He also talks about all of the social gatherings that happen over the holidays and how you can be a great guest at these parties by bringing some healthy options for food and drink.  Being a Foodie Bitch, this is something I almost always do.  First of all, I love for others to experience and enjoy some of the great-tasting foods I’ve come to love.  And secondly, it ensures that there will be at least something there that I know will be healthy for myself and the other guests to eat.  Also, it often leads to some great conversations about food and health.

For example, this past Fall, when Mike and I went to the big Michigan State vs. University of Michigan football game, I brought along some snacks of our own for the tailgate.  On the way to the game, others had already started with the alcohol (this was at 10:00 in the morning, mind you), and I offered them some “hot chocolate.”  A couple of the guys laughed at me, and when I said I was serious – it was the Foodie Bitch superfoods Hot Chocolate, and then when proceeded to explain exactly what it was, I had some of their curiosity peaked.  I poured a few cups of the hot chocolate, and they were sold!  They loved it and felt great about drinking it.  Click here for the recipe, in case you missed it.

Anyway, back to “Be More Magazine.”  I haven’t read the whole issue yet, but I’m thinking my next article to scan will be “Pew: FDA Allows Untested Chemicals in Food.” Kinda figured that already, but it’s always interesting to have access to resources and actual sources of this information.

There’s lots more in the magazine – check it out for some great holiday reading.

And don’t forget! If you haven’t liked or shared Nancy Smorch: The Foodie Bitch’s Facebook page yet to be entered to win one of our double-sided canvas totes, make sure you do before New Years!

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Egg Drop Soup

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By Nancy Smorch, Foodie Bitch

Last week was quite a week with the weather here in West Michigan! I was reminded that we live in a lake-effect now region, being only about a mile from Lake Michigan.  We had a beautiful coating of about 6 inches while in town, just a couple of miles away, they hardly had any snow at all!

With all of the time spent outside with chores (and fun, like sledding down the sand dunes… or is it snow dunes this time of year?), I ended up making chicken soup three times!

And each meal after the soup, we ended up making Egg Drop Soup with the leftover chicken stock.

Again, my friend who shared her Chicken Soup recipe with me, shared her Egg Drop Soup recipe. I was always hesitant to try it, as I just wasn’t sure how it would turn out and I didn’t want to waste good homemade chicken stock on something that was going to go to waste.

But when I mentioned this option for the leftovers to Lindsey, she got really excited, so I decided to try it out.

And I’m so glad I did! It was SO easy and SO delicious! Lindsey ended up having it for breakfast for as long as we had the chicken stock available.

Here’s the easy recipe:

Ingredients:

4 cups homemade chicken stock

2 eggs

2 tsp. Tamari (gluten free soy sauce – or regular soy sauce if you’re not sensitive to gluten)

1/2 tsp. toasted sesame oil

Instructions:

If you prefer no vegetables and chicken pieces in your soup, pour the Homemade Chicken Soup through a strainer. Put the remaining stock into a pan along with the sesame oil and Tamari, and bring to a boil.

Meanwhile, crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk with a fork.

Once the stock reaches a boil, slowly pour the whisked eggs into the stock while stirring constantly with a fork. Stir for about 1 minute or until the eggs looked cooked.

Adjust the seasoning if necessary.

Remove from heat, pour into soup bowls and serve!

Pretty easy right?

I suppose you could try using pre-made organic chicken broth, but it probably wouldn’t be as tasty. In this case, you may have to adjust the recipe and add a little more soy sauce, sesame oil, salt and pepper to taste.

In a pinch, it just might work – after all, how often do you plan that far in advance to simmer the chicken for 6-to-12 hours?

I felt like such a professional after successfully making the Egg Drop Soup – and Lindsey absolutely loved it!

I love trying new things like that – especially ones that, for some reason intimidate me, and then I go  forth and “lovingly conquer.”

Have fun with it, Foodie Bitches!

Thanksgiving and Relationships

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By Nancy Smorch, Foodie Bitch

So tomorrow is the big day! It’s an exciting time for a Foodie Bitch like me. Tomorrow is the first time we will be having Thanksgiving at our house for quite a few years.

In all of the excitement and the rushing to make sure the meal is prepared for everyone, I wanted to make sure I stepped back and looked at the bigger picture of Thanksgiving when planning for tomorrow. Yes, Thanksgiving has always been about enjoying a “feast” (and I am making sure I have plenty of nourishing and delicious food available), but it’s also about relationships.

If you look back to what Thanksgiving was originally supposed to be about, it was “supposed” to be about two totally different groups of people coming together to celebrate how they worked together and taught each other to survive in the New World. Now, without getting into how you feel about what actually happened, I would like to learn what I can from that historical event. Since I can’t change the past, here’s what I am choosing to focus on.

There was a group of people coming from another land over to the New World – taking a HUGE risk – leaving everything that was familiar to them to try to create a new life – a better life. That alone is amazing when you think about it! How many people today do you think would be willing to travel so long and far to a place that so little was known about? Safety and security certainly weren’t holding the early settlers back!

And now, think about those settlers in a brand new world with different food sources than what they had before. It was different land, they weren’t familiar with where the good growing places were and what you could grow and how to grow it. What worked back home may not have worked in the New World, and it’s not like if their crops or hunting didn’t go so well, that they could go down the road to the grocery store – this was life or death for them.

They needed help and they received help from the Native people. Everyone needed to work together in order to survive. People needed to offer their talents, push through their challenges, and become extremely creative and resilient. That is what I’d like to focus on.

Today, although most of us aren’t struggling to merely stay alive like the early settlers were, we are all still experiencing challenges and creating and experiencing stress almost daily. What I am proposing here is that we recognize that we are all in this together – we need each other, not only to survive, but to thrive.

So maybe over this holiday weekend, we look around at the people in our lives (and the animals!) and focus on the perfection of them – in all of their imperfections. Life is stressful enough without adding to it all of the drama we create around relationships. Let’s focus on the good in the relationships in our lives and be grateful for them.

I’m serious about this. On Thanksgiving, before you get together with everyone, think about each person that is going to be there, and think about at least one positive trait each of them has. Then, notice how you feel when you get together with them.

And rather than trying to bring others down, try lifting them up – it will feel really good – to both of you!

As I’ve said before, food isn’t the only thing we nourish ourselves with, relationships are a key “nutrient” in our diet as well. So on this Thanksgiving, let’s be grateful for not only the wonderful food we will be creating but also to the wonderful relationships in our lives.

Happy Thanksgiving, Foodie Bitches!