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A Sign of Imbalance

Overachievers are people who have achieved but still feel the need to do more, creating an imbalance in their lives. People who exhibit this behavior may be trying to compensate for feelings of insecurity and doubts about their worth. They may be chasing unresolved issues from their past into the present, or they might not be looking at their lives as a whole, but judging themselves based only on one aspect of their being. If this is a word that we’ve heard used with respect to our choices and lifestyle, it is worth examining in order to balance our lives for a more rewarding experience.

If we find that we cannot allow ourselves to experience and enjoy the present moment, putting pleasure off into some distant future, it may be a sign that we are being driven to achieve more than is truly necessary. Pushing ourselves beyond the point of exhaustion, or to the exclusion of important people in our lives, robs us of true and meaningful joy. Once we make the connection to the eternal part of us, it can nourish us and allow our priorities to shift from chasing after an elusive feeling to being fully present in the moment so that we can live our lives in the now.

Sometimes we need to look to those we love and admire in order to realize what we value about life. We can take time to note what we like about others, and then turn the mirror to reflect the light of those same words and feelings toward ourselves. It can be quite a revelation to see ourselves in this nourishing light. When we can put the energy that we’ve been devoting to a phantom sense of achievement into the truly satisfying aspects of our lives, we can restore the balance between our inner and outer worlds and experience true joyful peace.



Foodie Friday: Speedy Slimline Lasagne

(Serves 4)

1 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove, crushed
400g can chopped tomatoes
A splash of balsamic vinegar
Handful of basil, torn, plus extra to garnish
150g fresh cherry tomatoes
12 lasagne sheets
250g light mozzarella, torn
20g chunky breadcrumbs, toasted
20g Parmesan, grated

1. Warm the oil and garlic in a pan, add the chopped tomatoes, vinegar and basil, and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the cherry tomatoes and cook for a further 5 minutes.
2. Cook the lasagne in boiling salted water for 8 minutes, until tender. Layer up 3 sheets each with the tomato sauce and torn mozzarella pieces, then sprinkle over the breadcrumbs and Parmesan.

Foodie Friday: Pastry-free Spinach, Feta & Olive Quiche

(Serves 6)

1 red onion, sliced
1 tbsp light olive oil
80g baby spinach
200g feta, cubed
50g pitted black olives, halved
6 large eggs, beaten

1. Preheat the oven to 180C, gas 4. Gently fry the onion in the oil for 5-7 minutes to soften. Turn off the heat, add the spinach to the pan and stir until it starts to wilt.
2. Spoon the onion and spinach into a 20cm round, solid-based sandwich tin, buttered and lined with baking parchment.
3. Add the feta and olives, and stir to mix up slightly. Season the beaten eggs well and pour over the vegetables.
4. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until just set. Cut into wedges to serve.

Think Globally, Eat Locally

We all know that our planet needs our help right now, but we often feel unsure about what to do, where to make an effort, and what will really help. The good news is that we can heal the planet on a daily basis simply by buying and eating food that is grown locally. Food that has been transported long distances doesn’t contain much life force by the time it gets to your kitchen. Making a commitment to shop, buy, and eat locally is not only a very important part of creating positive change, it can also be delicious fun.

One of the best places to begin the adventure of eating locally is a farmer’s market. Stalls brim with fresh fruits and vegetables grown on nearby farms. Not only is this good for the environment, it’s good for the farmers since they benefit from selling directly to the consumer. The consumer benefits, too, from the intimate experience of buying food from the hand of the person who grew it. In addition, the food is fresher and more diverse. In supermarkets, particular varieties of fruits and vegetables are favored due to their ability to survive transport to a far destination. Alternately, at a farmer’s market, you will find versions of the fruits and vegetables you know that will surprise and delight your senses—green striped heirloom tomatoes, purple cauliflower, white carrots, and edible flowers, just to name a few.

Make an effort to buy as much of your food as possible directly from local farmers. You will become one of a growing number of people eating delicious food to save the planet and having fun doing it.


Foodie Friday: Italian Beef with Tomato & Basil

(Serves 1)

2 slices sourdough bread
2 tsp low fat cream cheese
3 little gem lettuce leaves
1 tomato, sliced
20g bresaola or cooked beef
6 slices cucumber
2 radishes, sliced
A few basil leaves

Thinly spread the bread with the cream cheese. Layer the remaining ingredients in the listed order on one slice, press down with the other and cut in half.

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