Food, Glorious Food!


Wine-deer Tip

You’ve probably heard of mindful eating, how about mindful wining?

  • Be mindful of the texture and flavor of your wine. Savor it, swirl it, sniff and sip it ever so slowly.
  • Be mindful of how much wine you pour, and pour your own glasses of wine, or monitor the person who is.
  • Be mindful of pairing your wine with delicious food wherever possible. Glorious, delicious, wonderful food slows down the whole process of alcohol entering the blood stream.
  • Be mindful of the people you are with. Leave your glass on a table while you engage in conversation. Enjoy the company, and don’t just hear what others are saying, truly listen, everyone loves to be heard.

     Just think of it as being wine-ful, with a glass half full of wine, rather than half empty. You’ll be less likely to feel as though you need to add more wine.

A treat for Christmas day! Get out the punch bowl.

This recipe is courtesy:

Sparkling Cranberry Blush


  • 3 cups cold water
  • 2 (48-oz bottles) cranberry juice cocktail (chilled)
  • 2 (6-oz) cans thawed lemonade concentrate (thawed, undiluted)
  • 2 (750 ml) champagne (brut, chilled)

Combine all ingredients, adding champagne last, stir gently and serve.

(A standard 5 oz glass of wine = 3 glasses Sparkling Cranberry Blush)

Excerpt from chapter one: Wine Within Your Comfort Zone

     For some women, it may be a matter of tweaking weekend wine routines. For others, it may involve altering daily wine patterns. Any change will be highly individualized as you choose all or some of the suggestions I recommend.

     You might ask, “If I don’t believe the quantity of wine I drink is a problem, why should I change my wine routine?” You may not think you need to now, but are you willing to risk finding yourself years later wishing you had?

     Many women told me that when they started drinking wine it was a casual affair, usually among friends and seemed harmless. However, as time passed women often lost track of the number of glasses they were pouring, and they had gone from simply wanting it, to needing it.

     As you begin to engage in reclaiming your power there will be ‘stuff’ that comes up, obstacles and stumbling blocks and it may feel uncomfortable at times but imagine this: You will not only reclaim your power but you will also feel a wonderful sense of pride and freedom. Through the countless tips, strategies, and methods that follow, you will have the will and the power to decide when, where, and with whom you will delight in your wine. You will learn to savor it, celebrate with it, and enjoy it to the fullest—as you drink moderately.

Happy Holidays to all!


Marla O’Brien


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