Stopping Stigma

March 16th, 2015

Stigma—where does it come from & how do we change it?:

“Stigma against addicts exists because it is commonly believed that they are making bad choices, & that they have control over their actions. While this is essentially true—no one is forcing you to drink or use—there are fundamental changes in not only reward, but also executive control areas in the brain that make it hard to do what some consider a simple cost-benefit analysis before imbibing. ‘Addiction is so complex, & also so devastating, that many societies have ostracized and shamed people with addictive disorders..It’s easy to do that because the behavioral component—using something that is not working in one’s best interest—is poorly understood & thus easy to criticize.’”

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Need breakfast FAST?

March 10th, 2015

quick breakfast greensA “trick” for making a healthy breakfast happen even on the busiest & earliest days lies in a little simple prep the night before for a portable meal.

Our go-to breakfast sandwich is a big helping of greens water sautéed with onion then mixed with a splash of balsamic & some nutritional yeast (optional). Add that to a whole grain sandwich thin, top with a fried egg & some hot sauce. Wrap it up in some foil & hit the road! You can also add a bit of cheese, if you prefer.

In addition to setting the coffee up to be brewed (first things first, now 😉 ), we chop up the onions & greens the night before to make the whole breakfast come together in about 5 minutes.

Heroin in the Valley – Joining Together to Prevent Substance Abuse

March 9th, 2015

Neighbors & friends: Please come out for this important event! The “Heroin in the Valley – Joining Together to Prevent Substance Abuse” community forum will provide info regarding trends, awareness, prevention, intervention & education. The event will be held this Thursday (3/12) at Indian Crest Middle School (139 Harleysville Pike, Souderton) at 7pm & is being sponsored by the Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition.

Heroin in the Valley - Joining Together to Prevent Substance Abuse

Chef Day!

March 2nd, 2015

Do you have a “chef day?” Spending a couple hours in the the kitchen on Sunday preparing meals, cleaning up the fridge and organizing the panty not only helps you eat healthy during the busy week, but also keeps your wallet a little heavier :)

2nd Avenue Vegetable Korma & Brown BasmatiYesterday, we made coconut brown basmati rice with 2nd Avenue Vegetable Korma and marinara with Black Eyed Pea and Tempeh Beanballs. Lunches and dinners for the week are done — sweet!  See recipe information below.

2nd Avenue Vegetable Korma:

Black Eyed Pea & Tempeh Beanballs with Marinara

From Appetite for Reduction by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. We highly recommend the cookbook, but this recipe is available online here.

Black Eyed Pea & Tempeh Beanballs:

Also from Appetite for Reduction and this recipe is also available online here.

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