This was undoubtedly my busiest Passover EVER!!! My colleagues and I at the Jewish Liberation Theology Institute held 3 sedars in 3 different cities – Toronto, Hamilton and London.
Our founding Rabbi Lucia Pizarro led the sedars in both Toronto and London, Ontario. Lucia was born in Mexico City, where she became qualified to practice law. She completed an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Essex in the UK. She followed her academic passion for Jewish thought with four years working for social justice in Palestine. She recently became a mother and a Rabbi. Our guest was Rabbi David Mivisair officiating in Hamilton. Rabbi David Mivasair is motivated by the commandments “justice, justice you shall pursue” and “seek peace and pursue it”. For over 25 years, David served as the spiritual leader of synagogues in the US and in Vancouver, where he lives. David is active in the leadership of Independent Jewish Voices in Canada and Jewish Voice for Peace in the US. He lived in Israel for four years and in May went with 130 other Jews to support Palestinian activists defending their communities from destruction.
I was very excited to be the song and prayer leader in both Hamilton and London this year.
In London our guest speaker was Tarek Loubani. Tarek is a Palestinian physician and humanitarian. He is an Associate professor at the University of Western Ontario where he works as an emergency physician. He runs the Glia Project, which provides low-cost open-source medical equipment to impoverished locations, and EmPower Gaza, which puts solar panels for electricity on hospitals in Gaza. He will talk about his work at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza, in the context of the 70th anniversary of the Nakba.
In Hamilton, our guest speaker was Robert Massoud. Robert is a Palestinian-Canadian. In 2004, he founded Zatoun to build bridges between Palestine and North America through the sale of cultural and symbolic products from Palestine. The main offering is fair trade extra virgin olive oil to serve as a symbol of light, hope and peace. Zatoun is available through the fair trade network, activist and faith communities. He believes that appreciating the enormity and wide-ranging impacts of the Israel-Palestine situation creates interest for people to self-educate which is the best path to commitment and effective civil society.
What an honour to be nominated and then chosen to receive the Absolutely Fabulous Women over 40 award. The corporate sponsor was Mary Kay. It was an amazing night with over 400 guests and 40 fabulous women receiving the award.
2018 Absolutely Fabulous Women Over 40 Award Recipient
This is the 5th annual extravaganza and it is organized by a dynamic group of women. Rosanna Penilla-Bharucha is the founder of the event. Rosanna is an entrepreneur and believes in giving back to the community. She is the Executive Director of The Boomerpreneur and Boomerpreneurs Network, Regional Director for Asia-Pacific at Ed2All and Managing Director of the Host Students Network.
Reach Out, an organization that helps to break the silence on sexual abuse benefited from the event.
I am no relationship expert. Although, I have had many – I have had more failures than successes. Well, I suppose many would sum it in that way. I, however, look at back them as experiences, learning opportunities and mostly, a lot of fun.
Just days away from Valentine’s Day and I am getting excited. My beloved and I have been making plans for weeks. We’ve been married since the summer of 2012. We? Me and me. I and I. Self-love. I married myself and I highly recommend it.
I planned a lovely, simple wedding on the beach (my favourite place) in the evening. The whole day was leading up to my ceremony was fun with a bit of shopping and a delicious meal.
July 2012 I promised to love myself. I promised to honour and protect me. Now as Valentine’s day approaches I see it as a day to recommit. I want to have a day to honour Love, in general , and to honour a commitment to the one person who will be with me until I die. The one person who I want to love and take the best possi ble care of. I am proud to say I love me. My commitment to my health, my safety, my well being and contentment is all part of my “marriage”.
I am also blessed to have wonderful people in life that I love, my grandson, my daughters, their partners and my amazing friends. However, my life changed the day I married myself. Something flipped in me and a new contentment washed over me. It has stayed with me over the years. There was a moment when I realized I really wasn’t alone.
Whether you are in relationship or not, I invite you to explore making this personal commitment – to love, honour and respect YOU.
Well, it has been quite a while since I had the motivation to share the thoughts constantly streaming in my very active brain. You know the ongoing dialogue that interrupts all the attempts at meditation and the “what I think are brilliant ideas” that come to me while I am out walking. Yes, the ones that I never remember when I get home.
I am back on track with my healthy life style plan and the best plan of action for me is to share and to have my family and friends (and readers) keep me real. I have read that this works for some and not for others but it is always a great idea for me. I was being very strict with myself in the weeks prior to my doctor’s appointment mid January. I then was a little more lenient in the past 2 weeks – no weight gain but no weight loss either.
I like to use the old weight watchers plan –pre 2010. It is the best one for me – only some vegetables are free points and everything else needs to be weighed and calculated. It has worked every time for me and I have been so blessed to not gain anything back since 2004 when I first put it into use. I managed to drop another 15 pounds since last August and then plateaued. I think it is time to put more exercise in the mix at least 3 days a week and walk for nothing less than a half hour on the other days. I have lost 80 pounds in total so far – 20 more to go.
For me the best diet secret is just not to have the bad stuff in the house. I am watching my sugar intake so I have pretty much eliminated packaged foods (maybe a package of Ryvita crackers once in a while), removed the maple syrup, divide my meat in portions before I put it in the freezer as well as removing fat and skin ( too tempting when you are cooking at 5pm and already hungry), and stocking the freezer with frozen vegetables that are easy to cook in a hurry or when I need to snack. My favourite go-to splurge is all you can eat sushi every few weeks.
If you want to try the very old weight watcher’s plan without the expense you can try this resource and you can calculate your point value here. You can also find the value of thousands of food right here. On the old system you can calculate your point allotment here.
I am inspired to keep this up because my last Doctor’s appointment was successful. All my numbers were on the decline! Yup, cholesterol, blood sugar – everything – the doctor was very pleased and won’t see me again for 6 months. I want to reach my goal weight of 150 pounds by then. It’s important for me to talk numbers and I wish more of us did. I am certain that if I knew that so many women weighed in the same range as me, I wouldn’t have felt like the biggest one around. I wish that I had that measuring stick instead of the chart that said I was supposed to weigh 130 when my starting point was 160. I had no idea that a size 14 was average.
I started losing weight in 2004 – dropped 35 pounds – felt fabulous and svelt and didn’t try to lose again until my diagnosis with Type 2 Diabetes. I then dropped another 20 and was able to go without medications for another 2 years. Last year my numbers were escalating and I am now on a few medications that are working well. For those of you familiar with Diabetic medication – Metformin does not work for me – the side effects leave my joints sore and stiff and cause a lot of digestive problems. I recommend not relying on your family physician but getting an Endocrinologist as soon as you are diagnosed. I am taking 2 new medications – Trajenta and Jardiance. They are working for now but my goal is once again to be medication free. That is why I am working so hard! I continue to have a monthly acupuncture treatment and to take my Chinese Herbs daily.
It’s all about health and healing. I am committed to this journey. Help keep me honest. I love sharing recipes and food ideas, exercise plans and anything that has been successful. I wish I knew all this when I was younger and I wish that I put a stop to the slow weight gain of 5 pounds every year but there is no sense in crying over that spilled milk. I am sure there are a lot of important lessons in it all. At least I know that being overweight did not stop me from doing anything – EVER!
I am so intrigued by all the opportunities to work online and to work away. I have been exploring these possibilities for quite a while now. I am so inspired by friends who have chosen to work abroad teaching and others who are house sitting, pet sitting, renting out their own places, doing home exchanges and more. I was fortunate to live in the Middle East for 2 years teaching English and writing grants for a few non-governmental organizations. I also had a chance to work on a project in Greece for 6 months. These opportunities were private ones that I found but if are considering house or pet sitting you might want to check out TrustedHousesitters.
Did you ever watch the film “The Holiday” with Cameron Diaz and Kate WInslett ? The lead characters advertise online for a house swap. Watch the trailer here. Maybe it will inspire the adventurer inside you? Check out HomeExchange.
My plan for retirement is to put these many ideas into practice. The list of possibilities is endless. I am hoping that we will continue to add to the list and share our successes and failures.
I have been teaching English as a second language online for a few years now. I really enjoy it and find it is quite simple and very satisfying. Many companies like the one I work for provide the entire lesson plan so that there is minimal preparation. I have been working as a supply teacher up to now and just this week began with ongoing classes. Previously (before retirement) my income from teaching was just a supplement to a regular salary but now I am more dependent on it. Here is a link to many online teaching jobs.
Need to rent out your home? There are countless ideas from AirBnB to countless Facebook groups and also SabbaticalHomes . You will probably find more on Craigslist and Kijiji as well. However, it is important to do your homework, that means research and asking questions. This is as complicated or even more complicated than online dating. Be careful, be smart, be diligent. I suggest asking friends for recommendations and using sites that offer ratings on both the traveller and the advertiser.
It is a good idea to join groups of travellers which you will find on Facebook and other social media platforms.
The ideas are only limited to your imagination. Dare to dream. Where would go? What have you done?
editor’s note: We are not endorsing any of the mentioned websites. These are simply ideas to get you started.
Ok, time to fess up. I am not really old enough to retire. There is no trust fund, no inheritance, no alimony, no lucrative work pension, no brilliantly planned retirement savings account. Really there is nothing, nada, zero, empty, kaput! It simply was time to live that life I have been talking about for years….working at what you love so that you never work another day in your life. How do I plan to do this.
I don’t want to go to an office every day. I don’t want a boss. I want to be able to travel. I want time to work at things that just simply bring me joy. I love writing and that is where this blog comes in. I get an idea (actually about a million of them swimming around in my head) and then I write and then I am almost euphoric. When my writing resonates with a reader I am totally euphoric, over the moon, filled with joy!!! I absolutely love creating ritual and officiating at ceremonies – Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Baby Namings, even sad occasions like Funerals and UnbindingCeremonies. This is my happy place…true fulfillment.
About 20 years ago, I created a series of workshops to help women explore who they are and who they want to be. I absolutely loved this work and I dreamed of a time that these workshops and talks would be the centre of life. Time flies by and dreams sometimes get lost or put on hold. Now is the time and tomorrow is too late.
So here I am at 61 years old and starting a whole new life plan! How freaking amazing is that? I have a busy schedule set up for myself. Early in the morning I start by teaching English to children in China for a couple of hours. Then, breakfast and catching up on emails, social media and my website to see what needs to be done. I work until noon, then lunch and then a healthy activity. While I am house sitting near the ocean that means walking, swimming and biking everyday for at least an hour. When I am in Toronto, I am committing to the same schedule. We have wonderful community centres with swimming pools and gyms that cost very little and there are discounts for seniors, students, unwaged, low income and more.
Does this appeal to you? You must start with lists – lists of things you cannot live without. What is the absolute minimum that you could live with satisfactorily? What is a list with all your wishes and dreams? Take time to prepare these lists and edit and edit and edit until you know what you want and what you need. Next, a list of what type of work would make you feel fulfilled and contented. It might be what you are doing now or something so far away from that it might surprise even you. What do you know how to do? What are your skills? What do you do that fills you with joy? Meditate and dream on your lists.
The first step for me was starting the plan. I gave my notice to my employer last January (8 months). I started planning what the next steps would look like. I read that if you want to be in a new place next year, you must do 365 things toward that goal and so I started. Step by step, slowly, slowly and you can get there. The next big move was becoming a client of Women on the Move (WOM) and working closely with Heather Gamble to develop a plan for success. WOM incubates women entrepreneurs. It is a sisterhood of women who are motivated for change.
I invite everyone to evaluate your life – are you doing what makes you happy? Are you creating a lifestyle that suits you? Are chasing your dream or are you actually chasing someone else’s? Are you working to live or living to work? There are many seasons to our lives….in our 20’s, in our 30’s, 40’s, 50’s….different goals and different needs. What is it you want to change and what will you do every day to get there?
I’ve been thinking a lot lately (always) about food, about dieting, about weight. The reality of being 60 means a lot of history to contend with and a lot of struggles to sort out. I am back on medication for Type 2 Diabetes and Hypertension. For 2 fabulous years, I was able to maintain normal levels with Chinese Medicine but rising levels meant seeing a specialist and mainstream, western medication. Now I am committed to exercise and losing another 25 pounds to be able to take the least amount of medication possible.
I want to talk about my story with weight, with body image, and with insecurities. When I was 13 years, I went away to summer camp where the camp nurse weighed each of us. I stood innocently on the scale and weighed in at 160 pounds. The nurse reacted with a Wow! Or something similar to that. I think she told me it was too much. I was overweight. That was the only beginning. I remember being a very lonely child. My dad was strict and I wasn’t allowed the same freedoms that my brothers had. I had to come in before dark and sleepovers were not allowed. I had a friend who lived across the street – Karen. She always seemed so normal – typical……just what I dreamed of being. We stopped at the grocery store near our school a couple of times and bought a chocolate bar. I thought I was so cool!! I told my Mom and I saw her face fall. I knew she was thinking that I was too fat to be eating a chocolate bar. Now I knew I was fat…fatter than the other kids…the fattest….the big one. Different, the odd one….the fat, Jewish one. D.i.f.f.e.r.e.n.t. and that was the beginning of a life time of dieting.
In my teen years I tried a few very weird diets. One day I ate only bananas and almost fainted in gym class. Gym class – now that is a whole story in itself. I always felt fat and awkward and clumsy. I was sure that all the other girls were athletic. I do remember thinking I was a great soccer goalie well, until half the girls on the other team came crashing and kicking at me! I dreaded gym from day 1 until I finally could drop it as a course in Grade 10 when it was no longer mandatory. My favourite teenage diet and one I often did was 500 calories a day eaten in 2 meals. Each meal allowed a half piece of bread, 1 cup of salad with no dressing, 3 ounces of meat or fish and 1 apple. Great diet for a growing teenager! I would usually keep this regime Monday through Friday and eat normally on the weekend. On this diet you should lose a pound per day they proclaimed. I usually lost a pound or 2 a week. I once asked my Mother to show me how big a pound was and she took out a pound of butter from the fridge. That was my go to image each time I lost some weight.
At 19 and madly in love, I ran into some relationship problems. I couldn’t eat. I was heartbroken. My boss used to ask in the morning if I had eaten anything and send me to the cafeteria for tea and toast that I usually threw up after eating. Lunch was cup-of-soup, an apple or some popcorn and dinner wasn’t much better. I often had a few crackers with some dip. The weight was falling off and I was at my lowest weight of 150 pounds. Only 10 pounds lighter than my normal weight of the past 6 years but of course, everyone said how great I looked and I felt like a super model. 150 pounds was still 30 pounds over the weight the charts told me I should be at. I got married in this time and had some very beautiful photos taken. I knew that the long white dress hid my curves and the beautiful face shots hid the body.
I don’t remember my husband ever telling me I was beautiful or sexy or openly admiring my body. I didn’t have a lot of money to buy really trendy clothing. Clothing is a very important part of this narrative and one I have been thinking of a lot. When I was around 12 years old, my mother took me shopping at Curls in Moncton, N.B. , an independent store for mature women and definitely not for teens. She bought me several new dresses. The sales woman was my aunt. Both my Mom and Aunt were in their 50s by then. When I got home and we showed the new clothes to my dad, I remember him telling Mom the clothes were too old for me and Mom saying that younger clothes didn’t fit me. When I was old enough to shop for myself, I remember struggling to find jeans in size 14 and later size 16. I was a travel consultant at Eaton’s Travel and we wore uniforms from Eatons. I couldn’t find a suit to fit so I had to have mine custom made. Fortunately, the Ports’ blouses fit my corpulent size 16 body. When I was 30 years old and still wearing size 16, I was a manager of a large women’s clothing store, Fairweather, and rarely found clothes that fit me. We were supposed to wear only Fairweather clothes. I often had to find something similar in another store. Although, a solution always was possible, I was always aware that I wasn’t an “average” size.
Over the next 15 years, I gained 50 pounds at 5 pounds per year until I reached 255 and a size 24. I was fulfilling my self-proclaimed prophecy as a fat woman. However, I always felt that I looked good. People always told me that I was beautiful…they loved my clothes….copied my style…told me I flowed when I walked…told me I was sexy….saw me as a trendsetter. I did some plus size modeling. I dated…I had confidence…turned a few heads when I entered a room but deep down, I knew that I was the fattest one! At least, that was the old and ugly tape going on in my head.
At 45 years old, after years of weight gain and then years of maintaining my weight, I started dieting again using the Weight Watchers plan. I couldn’t afford their program so I got their books from my size 0 zero (and lifelong Weight Watcher member) and taught myself the program.
I don’t remember what motivated me to make that commitment. After losing 35 pounds, I thought about how my role as a mother was changing. My daughters were leaving home for university and no longer needed me to be to be 2 parents or needed me to protect them. I wondered if my subconscious realized that my warrior/protector role was changing and I didn’t need to be so “big and strong”. I got smaller through diet and daily exercise. I walked the 6 km to work and back. I then started biking to work and in the first week dropped 7 pounds. I hit a plateau at 217 pounds and I felt like a little mini. It was exciting. I dropped 3 sizes and felt so healthy. I maintained that weight for the next 10 years. It took me a long time to realize I was actually no longer a size 24 – I once went in a fitting with size 24 pants that fell off me. My daughters both told me they thought I had a touch of body dysmorphia (might be a bit of a stretch) but the truth is, I always subconsciously, saw myself as the biggest one in room.
In the past 2 years, I have dropped another 40 pounds. I am now 175 pounds. This was my weight in my 30’s and I have really been working on seeing my body as it really is. As I mentioned earlier, I have been struggling with health issues – hypertension and type 2 diabetes. These problems can be genetic – my father, my grandfather, my grandmother, mother and brother have had one or both. However, all I hear is OBESE, caused by OBESITY….ringing painfully in my head. I also believe that if I lose another 25 pounds, I will miraculously be cured. I will be the picture of health.
I remember an experience with a OB/Gyn during my first pregnancy. His “bedside” manner with me was never that good- although he had been recommended by several of my friends. I was never sure what the problem was but at one of the Jewish holidays, I asked him if I should fast. He said no, but that didn’t mean I should be eating Cheetos in the synagogue!! After a few more rude comments, I decided to move on to another physician. His nurse told me that the only other time a patient complained she also was overweight. I was 5’3” and weighed 190 pounds. When I was living in Haifa, I had a knee injury and went to the hospital where the doctor asked me to raise my skirt so she could see the knee. She literally gasped and said, “I didn’t realize you were obese!!” Can I just say, Yowza….what the hell was that?
I have always loved my body….I like looking in the mirror. I actually admire my luscious although downward facing breasts, my rounded hips, my full and juicy belly. I really wish we saw more photos of all body types and I really hope we all continue this conversation. This isn’t an issue particular to men or women. It is a struggle all around. I have loved and enjoyed many body types.
I wanted to share this story today. We are talking a lot about fat shaming, loving all body types and then the issues around health and wellness. When I openly refer to myself as fat these days, I am reclaiming myself. I am not shaming myself. I am saying openly….this is who I am and I like it! I am a voluptuous, big, bold and beautiful womyn! I am hoping that you will share your stories with me. I am hoping that you will stand in the mirror and say with passion and love…..I love me!!!!!!!
Yesterday I retired from my position as the National Coordinator for Canadian Voice of Women for Peace. I am ready for the change and so excited for the challenge ahead.
Today I am heading to Milford, Connecticut to cat/house sit. Deb and I met in 2015 when I first visited as a Bed and Breakfast guest. I love her home – cozy, clean, quaint and a block from the beach. This will be home for the 2 ½ weeks.
I am back on a very healthy eating and weight loss program. Although I am satisfied with my weight and how I look these days, I can’t seem to get my health in good order. Several years ago, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and Hypertension (High blood pressure). Both of these are hereditary on both sides of my family but that shouldn’t have made it inevitable. I changed my eating habits, lost 20 pounds and worked closely with a practitioner of Chinese medicine. I take herbs and have monthly treatments. For 2 years, I was able to lower my blood sugar readings to normal and maintain a healthy blood pressure but then last year my numbers started going up. No matter how much I restricted what I was eating, I couldn’t do it. I dropped another 10 pounds but then the weight loss stopped and I have been stuck for several months. I am seeing an endocrinologist ( a specialist for diabetes) and he has me on 3 different medications and they are all at the maximum dosage. I am not feeling any side effects but we are also not getting to the normal numbers that he wants. The prognosis is that I will need a new mediation but he has given me until December to lose more weight.
That’s where I am today, one week later and magically 3 pounds lighter. I am using the weight watchers program (pre 2010). I know it and it has worked for me in the past. In 2004, I lost 35 pounds and kept it off, and since then I have used it to lose another 35. At least I have gained any weight in the past 20 years. I have an ideal weight in mine – my lowest adult weight from when I was 19 years old. That is another 35 pounds but my goal for now is 20 pounds. Since my diagnosis a few years ago, I believed that I could beat this if I could reach that weight.
I am inviting you to come on this journey with me – keep me motivated, keep me honest, encourage me and maybe some of you will work at this with me. When I want a change, I believe in going public! Go big or go home!!
Here is the plan – stick to the old weight watchers plan, work at things that I love, commit to exercise a minimum of 3 times a week but trying for 5. The next 17 days I want to kickstart it! I am going to beach destination in Connecticut, on the beautiful Long Island Sound, a bicycle with flat roads and a state park, miles of beach and quiet. I am going to bike every day with a goal of 12 kilometres per day. I want to walk the beach at low tide everyday rain or shine soaking up the healthy salt air and the “negative ions”. My diet splurges will be fresh lobster and quahogs and a glass or 2 of wine, maybe even a light beer. Alcohol isn’t something I drink very often but vacation screams “Have a glass or 2.” Of course, it means giving up something else on the weight watchers’ plan.
I need to purchase lunch in the airport today and I know I could have chosen a salad but instead I picked a roasted vegetable sandwich and a coffee. I ate one half of the bun and through the rest away. For me, that is important to throw out what I shouldn’t eat otherwise it may find its way into my mouth an hour later. I am only supposed to have one coffee a day but every now and then, I treat myself to an extra one. Love the dark roast with a splash of lowfat cream.
An hour until my flight departs. I feel that my whole life is about to lift off. Fingers crossed.
What is all this talk about being invisible? Am I invisible because now I am in my 60’s? Do you feel invisible? Who is invisible? C’mon let’s talk.
The first time I heard about this phenomenon was from a woman who put purple and pink in her white hair. She had extremely thin hair….wisps of hair actually and she said that after turning 60 she had become invisible. I thought maybe it was just her.
I was wrong! Women talk about it alot.
This idea makes me feel so disappointed. I have never felt invisible and I don’t feel it now in my sixties. I am a woman who wears make-up, buys clothing, colours my hair and tries to be on trend. It might be frivolous but for me it is fun and a way of expressing my creativity. I love looking for new ideas, hunting for a great bargain and playing in my closet.
I keep wondering if this is about youthful sexuality. Do women feel invisible because they don’t have that fresh, youthful sexuality that had turned men’s heads or …….construction workers who whistle and cat call? That always seemed creepy and scary.
I don’t have the answer about other’s invisibility. I am not going to suggest red lipstick and hair colour. I am not going to suggest buying new clothes or having a make-over. That might help someone but I think it is imperative to explore your authentic self. I am loving the direction my career ………….celebrating Life Cycle events with others. Wedding officiant, teacher, Reflexologist and more. I am excited to travel more with my newfound flexibility since I am retiring from my commitment as a National Cooridinator. This year my mantra comes from Louise Hay and is inspiring me to take a chance.
Now is the time to do the things that you love to do. Reading, writing, crafting, healing, inventing, traveling, exploring…………..whatever it is……….now is the time to do it.
I believe that if you are happy and fulfilled, if you are smiling, laughing or loving………………you can’t be invisible. At the very least you are seen and cared for by the people you love.
I am blessed – my daughters love me. They take time to stay in contact with me, visit me, open up their homes to me. I have a grandson that fills me up with his laughter and his love. I am very blessed. At the same time, I no longer have a relationship with my 4 siblings. Our dysfunctional childhood and my strong political actions have driven us apart. I have created a family of friends. Surrounded by this love, I am certain, I will never be invisible.
I have been using a French Press for almost 20 years. I love it but this month I broke 2 of the glass container and I hate seeing waste. I am now considering purchasing a metal one that would last. In the meantime, this morning I made my coffee in a percolator that I found in my “magic” laundry a few years ago. I thought it was so pretty and kept it on top of my cupboards as part of my kitchen decor.
I don’t make purchases lightly. I hate wasting my limited income on things I don’t need and purchasing something that I have to throw out 2 weeks later makes me crazy.
The coffee was perfect – it was easy and took less than 10 minutes. The average time to percolate is 7-10 minutes according to my google research at 6am this morning. I used the same measurements as I do in my French Press.
I love my coffee to be dark, full bodies, with lots of intense flavour – French Roast and Sumatra are my favourites. Whenever I am in London, Ontario I like to purchase my coffee at Fire Roasted. They are in the East End Market on Dundas Street, East.
Make that fair trade and organic and we are off to a very good start. I prefer to grind my own beans for optimum flavour too. Even beans ground the day before leave the taste wanting in my opinion.
When I started using Traditional Chinese Medicine as my healing therapy, the first thing Emily, my practitioner, recommended was only 1 cup of coffee per day. I am good at sticking to that. I want that cup the first thing in the morning – before food and I spend about a half hour sipping it and enjoying the start to my day. I love mornings.
I put the beans in my grinder measured to the 1.5 cup level. I grind and count to about 30 for the coarse grind recommended in a French press. I then add 12 ounces of boiling water. I stir it and let is sit for 5 minutes. Often I add a dash of cinnamon. I enjoy coffee with cardamon but not as my morning beverage with cream. Each morning I add 2 tablespoons of 5 or 10 percent cream.
Each morning this is my routine – it feels so luxurious, costs me about $1 per day and leaves me feeling like a pampered diva.