Many conversations in my house this week have revolved around the topic of anger and intense emotional states as well as actions taken during that kind of emotion. We’ve talked about how we feel, things that happened to cause anger and intense emotion, what should have been done, what could have been done, etc. One of these such conversations happened while I was cooking one of dinners this week, and the mantra was manifested in our house.
Reduce heat and simmer.
It’s the simple idea of cooling down before you irrationally do something or say something that could be harmful to you, the person involved, even affecting people you may not realize that could be affected. We’ve all heard it before in many ways (think before you speak sound familiar?), but this was one of those moments that just made it click, you know?
We’re all human. To feel is human. To get angry is human. To get emotional is human. That’s the joy of being human. But the GRACE of being human is to recognize that you can change everything by
Reducing heat and simmering
Emotions can cloud words and actions. Speaking and acting in that intense state won’t convey what you really want to convey. Let peace settle in before you react.
Reduce heat and simmer.
On a physical sense, being angry and intense just stresses your body out. Your body uses all your energy feeling so much that it’s totally drained for any positive action, except maybe sleep. Not to mention potential digestive issues and headaches you can be prone to with prolonged emotional intensity. You can’t be the best you can be holding all of that it…so, let it go, release it, or as in the house of the Jock in a Skirt…
One of the biggest questions I get about food is “How can I make my family favorites more healthy?” I love these questions because it gives me the opportunity to share healthy substitutions and show how easy it is to swap and add foods to fit your nutrition goals.
One of our family favorites is spaghetti, and we eat it at least once every 10 days, if not more frequently.
Turkey Spaghetti … a healthier version
Here are ways to make spaghetti healthy and still keep the family happy:
Substitute whole grain wheat noodles instead of the regular “enriched” noodles, or if you’re gluten-free, rice or quinoa noodles work great as well.
Use ground turkey or chicken instead of hamburger. The fat content goes down, and with seasonings, tastes just the same.
Add finely diced/chopped veggies to the sauce: red onion, mushrooms, spinach, zucchini, bell peppers, squash are just a few ideas.
Make your own sauce (make it ahead of time and freeze for those of you short on time in the evenings). A fresh batch of tomatoes, roasted and simmered with onion, garlic, parsley, basil, and oregano makes a great sauce.
Don’t want to make your own sauce? Go for all-natural brands such as Newman’s Own or Marinelli’s. Your local grocery store may also have a good organic brand. I know Kroger has the Simple Truth Organic line, which is all organic and all clean, including the oil, which is EVOO and not soybean.
Let me know what you think of the healthier spaghetti and how your family likes it. Do you have any other recipes you would like to see a healthier version? Comment on this post or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Starting next week, I will begin featuring healthy meals, meal plans, and cooking tips to fit your lifestyle as well as your family’s. Healthy eating is possible in a quick and easy fashion, especially when everyone is asking “What’s for dinner?”, even when it’s your own stomach!
Since this will be reader-guided feature, I’d love to hear what you read more about when it comes to healthy eating.