Insight - the Key to Lasting Change

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Most of our clients come to us because they want change in their lives. They want their health to improve or excess weight to come off. And there are many ways to approach these concerns. But the only way we've seen to make lasting change is through insight.

We've all read the books or seen the YouTube videos on the five things to do to lose ten pounds in 3 weeks or the three step strategy for dealing with cravings. Doing these things may bring good short term results, but for the change to last, we need more than willpower and strategies. We need to see things in a new way.

When we see things in a new way, when we have an insight, it no longer makes sense to do what caused the problem in the first place.

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So, if you have something you'd like to see change in your life, finding new things to do or new ways to think about it can help for a time, but we find lasting change comes through insight. Write us in "Comments" below if you want to chat about this more or see how it can relate to a situation you want to change in your life.

The recipe this week is from Chef AJ. It's called the Barefoot Dressing because it will knock your socks off. We've included a milder version that we like when we want to keep our socks on but still have all the flavor of this wonderful dressing. It is so good mixed in with cooked vegetables just before serving or mixed into a salad well before serving.

To your Amazing Health,
Connie and Bill

Barefoot Dressing (from The Secrets to Ultimate Weight Loss by Chef AJ)

  • ¾ cup low acid* balsamic vinegar 
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened rice vinegar 
  • 1/3 cup lime juice, add zest if using fresh
  • 2½ unsweetened pear halves (canned or jarred, in their own juice) 
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast
  • ¼ cup of salt-free stoneground mustard (or your favorite low-sodium Dijon mustard) 
  • 2 tablespoons of shallots (about ½ ounce) 
  • 2 cloves of garlic (about ¼ ounce) 
  • ¼ tablespoon chia seeds dissolved in ¼ cup of water or the unsweetened pear juice from the can or jar. 

Soak chia seeds in the water or unsweetened pear juice.

Place remaining ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Add chia seed slurry and blend again.

Refrigerate.

* Chef AJ prefers using a 4% acidity vinegar like Napa Valley Naturals Grand Reserve, which is thick and syrupy, as opposed to a traditional less sweet balsamic which has 6% acidity. Feel free to use fresh pears instead of canned or jarred, but only if they are very ripe.

NOTE 1: We have cut Chef AJ’s original recipe in half as it makes about 6 cups, which is more than we usually keep of one dressing at a time. This version makes about 3 cups.

NOTE 2: We find this recipe really earns it’s name as it knocks your socks off. For a slightly tamer version, use our adaptation below.

Barefoot Dressing – Mild version

  • ¾ cup low acid* balsamic vinegar 
  • 1½ tablespoons unsweetened rice vinegar 
  • ¼ cup lime juice, add zest if using fresh 
  • 2 unsweetened pear halves (canned or jarred, in their own juice) 
  • 1/3  cup nutritional yeast
  • 2½ tablespoons stoneground mustard 
  • 1½ tablespoons of shallots 
  • 1½ cloves of garlic
  • ¼ cup chia seeds dissolved in 1¾ cup of water or the unsweetened pear juice from the can or jar. 

Soak chia seeds in the water or unsweetened pear juice.

Place remaining ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Add chia seed slurry and blend again.

Refrigerate.

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