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We weren’t smoking- but we were cookin’!!

ceasecookingOn Saturday, March 29th CEASE participants and staff took a field trip to the “Simple ’Cooking from the Heart’ Kitchen” located at Stratford University Culinary College. Their chef, Tia Berry, gave cooking demonstrations at three of CEASE classes in March which everyone loved. So for  the first time CEASE took a road trip to visit and learn with one of our partners, and it went way beyond our expectations!

Greeted by a team of Chefs in their gleaming kitchen and bright white uniforms, we quickly learned proper knife techniques, tips for easier vegetable cleaning, spices better than salt,  how to store unused ingredients, and more.  Encouraged every step of the way, there was as much laughing as learning. When we finished cooking and cleaning, collected our recipes and said goodbye, we had our food ready to serve back home- enough for 4 and for only $5.

The Cooking from the Heart kitchen may have started out as a field trip for us, but we left wanting to come back again- to learn a healthier way to cook for sure, but also because when you cook with someone, a special connection is created…the kind of connection CEASE is all about.

For more information about the Simple ‘Cooking from the Heart” Kitchen, visit http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Affiliate/BaltimoreKitchen_UCM_453841_SubHomePage.jsp or call 410-246-6715.

The information contained in this blog is educational in nature and intent. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information presented is correct. However this information is not intended as professional medical advice nor as recommendations, neither should it be interpreted as the practice of medicine. Please feel free to use the information from this blog for educational and personal purposes, as long as it is properly cited.

Stress and smoking: How to manage stress?

stresskeepcalamStress is sometimes just a part of life. It can be like a cloud that is hanging over your head. Some people eat tubs of ice cream and fried chicken when they re stressed, while others do not eat at all! Many people that smoke do so because they are stressed. Every puff seems to make the stress less of a burden. But contrary to this popular belief, smoking actually causes more stress- making the stress cloud bigger and our ability to cope lower. We cannot allow stress to control our behaviors and keep us smoking. There are so many alternatives ways to deal with stress. Look at the list below and pick one to try today. If that one doesn’t seem so great, try another tomorrow:

Breathe deeply:  breathe in….. breathe out…. One more time. This is more than a cliché. This breathing technique is very efficient in reducing stress

Exercise: you don’t have to be training for a marathon. Taking a short walk will help you reduce stress

Talk to someone: it’s always great to have a person or group of people who support you. Share your feelings and allow them to encourage you.

Take a moment to rest: sometimes you have to get away, even its just 5 minutes in your car or a spa day. Make time for yourself, to do the things you enjoy the most or do nothing at all!

For more tips on healthier ways to reduce stress, visit the links below:

http://women.smokefree.gov/11-ways-to-deal-with-stress-without-smoking.aspx

http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/quit-smoking/guide/stress-and-smoking.html

 

 

The information contained in this blog is educational in nature and intent. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information presented is correct. However this information is not intended as professional medical advice nor as recommendations, neither should it be interpreted as the practice of medicine.. Please feel free to use the information from this blog for educational and personal purposes, as long as it is properly cited.