Book Update: I just finished “The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives” by Leonard Mlodinow while reading through his other new book “Subliminal”. For the record, we were camping with our church this weekend and after a few hours I realized reading “The Drunkard’s Walk” may be interpreted as a self-help book and not a mathematical model. Hmmmm….
I really didn’t think “The Drunkard’s Walk” would have anything to do with positive psychology at all, but actually the conclusion makes some very clear connections. His parents were victims of the holocaust in Europe and came over to the United States to start a new life. To make the long story short, his mother’s sister and husband tried to stay protected as the husband was a Jewish policeman. However, for some reason the Nazis turned sour on them and led them to the gas chambers while his mother stayed alive. From page 219:
“…but Sabina’s death still haunts her… To her this story shows that it is pointless to make plans… But more important, my mother’s experience has taught me that we ought to identify and appreciate the good luck that we have and recognize the random events that contribute to our success. It has taught me, too, to accept the chance events that may cause us grief. Most of all it has taught me to appreciate the absence of bad luck, the absence of events that might have brought us down, and the absence of disease, war, famine, and accident that have not – or have not yet – befallen us.”
Yeah, it’s simple. I’ve been working on making instant pudding mixes in my kitchen which will be posted this week. Instead, I wanted to post one of my “go to” meals for me and my two year old, Juliana. We often eat this for lunch because: 1. It’s fast, 2. It’s yummy, 3. It’s loaded with protein, vitamin C, vitamin A, antioxidants and calcium, 4. You can make it lower in calories simply by reducing or removing the granola. I ate TONS of yogurt while trying to lose weight and I know it works (Sept. 2010: 200 lbs. and May 2011: 135 lbs.)
Mango Blueberry Greek Yogurt Parfait
2 cups plain greek yogurt (I use the Fage brand because it is so cheap at Costco)
1 cup diced mango (I use frozen Trader Joe’s; or you could use fresh peaches here, too!
1/2 cup blueberries
1/4 cup Trader Joe’s Mango Passion granola (or your favorite granola)
1-2 tsp. honey, optional
1. Divide the greek yogurt between two tall glasses or large bowls.
2. Top with the fruit.
3. Add granola.
4. Drizzle honey if you like! The granola is usually sweet enough for me.