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The Be Brave. Lose the Beige Newsletter

 

Living In Color Tip #1

Try Working In Spaces That Don’t Feel So Much Like Work

Let’s face it, most of us have to work. Work can take the form of office labor or the labor intensive responsibilities of being a parent or other responsible adult. Whether we are filling out those endless beginning of school year forms for our children/grandchildren, paying bills or typing on our laptops, do one thing that makes it all more pleasurable.  Our parents taught us work first, play second. I think we are capable of doing both.  This is a photo of Jackie Sorensen and Liz Kitchens (founders of Be Brave. Lose the Beige) working at Nichols Surf Shop Cafe in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.  The smell of the adjacent ocean and the relaxed atmosphere of this bohemian cafe was conducive to the creativity helpful in designing our series of Be Brave. Lose the Beige workshops.  A Lady Boomer one table over snapped this photo saying how envious she was of our work environment. If you can and when you can, perform your tasks/ work in an environment that is aesthetically pleasing.  It will qualitatively improve your production.  And besides, you might not mind doing it so much. 

Jackie Sorensen and Liz Kitchens

Jackie Sorensen and Liz Kitchens

Living In Color Tip #2

Eat In Color

Last year during a visit to a Weight Watchers meeting, the facilitator recommended “coloring up your plate” as a food planning strategy.  The color comes in the form of orange carrots, red peppers, yellow squash, and green leafed lettuce.  All this rich, beautiful “color” costs 0 food points in the Weight Watchers World.

Hearing this I could not help but think of Be Brave Lose the Beige.   Color is a defining characteristic of BBLB.  While we are crazy about color (all colors, the more the better) the color component of Be Brave Lose the Beige is really used to encourage people to think creatively about their lives and make interesting choices (an interesting life is a choice after all). Color can imbue even the most mundane task (like cooking dinner) with a little more fun.  In addition, coloring up our plates adds volume to the plate not our waistlines.  Who doesn’t love the sight of a verdant slice of lime, a rosy red radish, or a yummy yellow ear of corn adorning their plate?  Even those family members who tend to steer clear of veggies are more likely to be attracted to this colorful palette of offerings.

So, this month, exercise your creativity by painting your plates with color. Or, even better, challenge each member of your family to create their own colorful rendition of healthy treats to share with each other.  Please send us pictures of your colorful plates and we will post them on our website.

Last year during a visit to a Weight Watchers meeting, the facilitator recommended “coloring up your plate” as a food planning strategy.  The color comes in the form of orange carrots, red peppers, yellow squash, and green leafed lettuce.  All this rich, beautiful “color” costs 0 food points in the Weight Watchers World.

Hearing this I could not help but think of Be Brave Lose the Beige.   Color is a defining characteristic of BBLB.  While we are crazy about color (all colors, the more the better) the color component of Be Brave Lose the Beige is really used to encourage people to think creatively about their lives and make interesting choices (an interesting life is a choice after all). Color can imbue even the most mundane task (like cooking dinner) with a little more fun.  In addition, coloring up our plates adds volume to the plate not our waistlines.  Who doesn’t love the sight of a verdant slice of lime, a rosy red radish, or a yummy yellow ear of corn adorning their plate?  Even those family members who tend to steer clear of veggies are more likely to be attracted to this colorful palette of offerings.

So, this month, exercise your creativity by painting your plates with color. Or, even better, challenge each member of your family to create their own colorful rendition of healthy treats to share with each other.  Please send us pictures of your colorful plates and we will post them on our website.

Coloring Your Plate

Coloring Your Plate

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