This week's mindful message is a simple one: Be kind to others. Pay kindness forward. This video says it all. Kindness can grow like a weed if you plant it. Go tend to your garden. And have a great weekend :)
T25: Your next workout
Have you been sitting on your couch thinking you need to get your body moving? Are you bored or stuck on a plateau with your current fitness routine? Need to spruce it up, spice it up, or suck it up? Here’s an idea for you: Beachbody, the master company of home fitness and nutrition programs, has a fun routine called T25 (T stands for time, as each workout is only 25 minutes long. It can also stand for the trainer, Shaun T).
Zengen is running a special on this program. Join us for the T25 Challenge beginning Monday, March 14th for 10 weeks. It takes over a week (sometimes more like 2) to get your DVDs in the mail, so order today even though March 14th seems far from now. We offer a supportive online community that will be by your side while you complete this program, offering motivation and troubleshooting any problems that come your way. You will get daily motivation sent from us to keep you on track, and membership in a closed group of fellow T25ers. You can post questions, photographs, give advice, get support, anything that helps you complete your goal. You also get access to Zengen staff to help troubleshoot any problems that come up for you. If we don’t know the answer you need, we will find it. All of that Zengen gives you for free (you must purchase the T25 program from Beachbody, by hitting the "Buy T25" button below).
There are many awesome things about this program. Here are some of them, in no particular order.
Plus, you get to do this workout at home, which has several important perks:
Completing the workout with the Zengen community is better than doing it alone.
*If you are interested in other Beachbody programs, this link will get you to the full menu. Don’t hesitate to ask us a question about anything in the menu, or purchase any program or supplement of your choice. Just make sure the coach name Zengen is on your purchase page, otherwise Jenn Berton doesn’t get the commission. Let us know if anything is confusing or if we can help in anyway. Have fun!
And if T25 isn’t your thing, don’t worry, we have gobs of other fitness challenges to tempt you. We will cycle through other Beachbody programs, and we have lots of challenges that are not Beachbody-based. There is something for you to help you find your Zen.
Today was one of those chill to your bones kind of days, where I was anyway. Wet cold. The kind of cold where you can never seem to get warm, no matter how many clothes you layer on. The only thing that works to warm me in this kind of weather is hearty, nourishing soup. Many soups fit that bill, but this is one of my favorites. Originally made famous from Dr. Fuhrman's Eat to Live book, I modified it here to reduce the carrots and the overwhelming leek and onion combo he favors. But if you go gaga for an abundance of oniony flavor, you can be bold and use BOTH onions and leeks. You crazy, but you go for it. You can enjoy this soup with a simple side salad or maybe even a piece of crusty seeded bread. It will warm you right up. Enjoy.
Hearty Mushroom Soup
*adapted from Dr. Furman's "Black Forest Cream of Mushroom Soup"
2 tablespoons water
2 pounds mixed fresh mushrooms (button, shiitake, cremini) sliced 1/4 " thick
2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
2 teaspoons herbes de Provence
5 cups carrot juice (5 pounds of carrots, juiced)
3 cups unsweetened hemp, soy or almond milk, divided
3 leeks, cut in 1/2-inch-thick rounds OR 2 medium onions, chopped
3/4 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
1 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup no-salt seasoning blend, adjusted to taste (optional)
1/4 cup raw cashews
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
2 (15 ounce) cans low-sodium white beans, drained (or 3 cups cooked white beans)
5 ounces baby spinach or other leafy green
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
Handful of toasted pumpkin seeds, for garnish
You will need a juicer (although you can buy carrot juice if you must), a sauté pan, a big soup pot, small pan (for toasting seeds if you are using), and a food processor or blender.
1. Juice the carrots and set aside. Chop the mushrooms, garlic, celery, thyme, rosemary.
2. Heat the water in a large saute pan. Water saute the mushrooms, garlic and herbes de Provence for about 5 minutes, or until tender, adding more water if necessary to prevent from sticking. Set aside.
3. In a large soup pot, bring the carrot juice, 2 1/2 cups of the non-dairy milk, onion or leek, corn, celery and optional seasoning blend to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.
4. In a food processor or high-powered blender, puree the cashews and remaining 1/2 cup milk. Add half of the soup liquid and vegetables, the lemon juice, thyme, and rosemary. Blend until smooth and creamy.
5. Return the pureed soup mixture to the pot. Add the beans, spinach, and sauteed mushrooms. Heat until the spinach is wilted. Toast the pumpkin seeds, if using, in a dry pan. Garnish with parsley and toasted pumpkin seeds.
You See I Want A Lot
You see, I want a lot.
Perhaps I want everything:
the darkness that comes with every infinite fall
and the shivering blaze of every step up.
So many live on and want nothing,
and are raised to the rank of prince
by the slippery ease of their light judgments.
But what you love to see are faces
that do work and feel thirst.
You love most of all those who need you
as they need a crowbar or a hoe.
You have not grown old, and it is not too late
to dive into your increasing depths
where life calmly gives out its own secret.
- Rainer Maria Rilke
Move, Nourish, Explore