Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn. ~Elizabeth Lawrence One of the questions I encourage my clients to ask themselves is, "Wha

Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn. ~Elizabeth Lawrence

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Me and my baby sister, Beth

One of the questions I encourage my clients to ask themselves is, "What Am I Really Hungry For?" This simple, but powerful question, if asked with curiosity and great kindness, can begin to open a window to the soul. How many times do we turn to food, when what we are really wanting is companionship, laughter, a listening ear, someone who "gets" us, a hug, some quiet, a walk in the woods.

As I have been asking myself this question, a few things come up: time for writing, nature, and deep relationship.

Which is why I am giving myself permission to "disappear" for a spell in October, to go to the Berkshires, take some yoga classes, do some creative writing, hike, and spend time with my bestest friend, my sister. I was inspired by the lovely Jan Rule, yoga teacher and owner of Stillpointe Wellness Center where I am so privileged to "work". Every year around her birthday, she takes time away to celebrate her life. So for my 48th birthday, that is what I am doing.

Who needs food for a reward? There are so many other ways to indulge ourselves. Take time to take care of YOU.

Autumn Blessings,
Eileen

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Kitchen Nutrition Class: MAMA WAS RIGHT--EAT YOUR GREENS!

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I've had a few comments from folks that their mama never told them to eat greens....well, ok, then substitute grandma or great- grandma! For sure, most of us are CLUELESS as to WHAT dark greens are, WHY we need them, and HOW to prepare them so they don't taste like a bunch of grass! I invite you to join me as we explore the world of greens. Truly adding them to your diet is ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT things you can do to improve your health.

Cost is $25 per person, or bring a friend--2 for $40.
Date: Thursday, Oct 7 at 7pm
Where: 841 Wabash Ave, Belleville IL (Wabash and 177)
You MUST RSVP to attend. Call Eileen 618-235-1277 today.

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Real Food, Real Fast!

Autumn is the PERFECT time for a big pot of soup! This is a classic, client favorite. This makes a large quantity, but never fear, it freezes beautifully. Cook once, and have lunch for the week.

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Get your Greens Minestrone Soup

Serves 8

I adapted this recipe from Rachael Ray, exchanging prosciutto for heart-healthy turkey. This makes a big pot and is great gently reheated. Top with grated sharp cheese, and if you’re not watching carbs, serve with whole grain bread. Vegetarians skip the turkey and use vegetable stock.

Ingredients
• 2TBS extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
• 1 med. onion, chopped
• 2 ribs celery, chopped
• 2 large cloves garlic, crushed
• 1 lb. ground turkey
• 1-2 bay leaves
• 1 TBS. Italian seasoning
• 1 can white beans, drained
• 1 can garbanzo beans, drained
• 8 cups chicken stock (I prefer low sodium and/or organic)
• ½ lb. green beans, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
• 1 medium zucchini, halved and sliced
• 10 0z. bag baby spinach
• grated Parmigiano or Romano cheese
• optional: fresh basil or parsley
• optional: whole grain pasta, like Barilla Multi Grain

Preparation
Heat a soup pot over med-high heat. Add EVOO, onion, celery and garlic. Cook for 1 min, then add ground turkey. Cook until turkey is done (no longer pink). Season with fresh ground pepper, if desired.

Add beans, stock, bay leaf and Italian seasoning to the pot. Bring to a simmer. Add the green beans and the zucchini and cook for about 8 minutes. Stir in the spinach; cook just until wilted, about 1 minute.

Ladle soup into bowls and top with grated Parmigiano or Romano cheese. Top soup with shredded basil or chopped parsley if desired.

NOTE: You can add cooked pasta to this soup. I like serving the pasta on the side, so folks can add their own.

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KUDOS TO MY CLIENTS!

Shout outs to my AMAZING clients, who are doing AMAZING things!

Jon H--lost 50 pounds, competed in first biathalon, training for a half AND whole marathon in 2011
Matt F--down 18 pounds, working with a personal trainer, and feeling HOPEFUL
Jane R--lost 22 pounds, signed up for 5K, and being NICER to herself
Dave B--incredible shrinking man, down 12 pounds, 7 1/4 inches, looks FANTASTIC
Kay B--Down 18 pounds, saying NO to the daily barrage of junk food at work and WALKING
Jenn R--Down 8 pounds, 4 1/4 inches, ditched dairy, feeling GREAT
Bobbi K--Did 21 day sugar cleanse, great energy, NO CRAVINGS

That is just a sample! More success stories to come........(do you guys know how much I love you?)

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Eileen Vollmer is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor. She is the owner of Real Health Nutrition, a nutritional counseling service dedicated to helping clients reach their health and weight goals through incremental, lifestyle changes. Eileen firmly believes that Real Health Begins with Real Food, so it is her mission to help her clients eat more real food and less chemical-laden, artificial, junk food. She has found that a personal approach to wellness provides support and accountability, which makes all the difference in her client's success. Make your health a priority! Call 618-580-3771; or visit www.eileenvollmer.com TODAY!

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