Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Healthy Eating

Mike and I recently sat down to discuss how we could eat a bit healthier than we already do. We love to cook fancy like Chicken Picata or Veal Marsala. These are wonderful dishes as are lasagna, steak and potatoes, but after months or in some cases eating some of these wonderful dishes can add pounds and diminish health. So, we decided we needed a change.

This week began with baseball bat zucchini ( they look like a bat because they are shaped like one), simmered in vegetable broth and served with less than 1/4 lb. of broken up linguini. It was delicious and less than 300 calories per person. Tuesday, Mike made Chicory with Cannellini Beans. This particular dish was around the same number of calories and left us feeling full and comfy all over. Tonight we're having Lentil soup, and that's around the same caloric intake. Tomorrow night will be left over’s and Friday night will be our first helping of bread as Mike is making pizza with spinach and Portobello mushrooms!! 

Mike has already lost five pounds (in only three days!) and I've lost three pounds. Yes, one might think, and one might be right, that it's water we are losing, but to tell the truth we are drinking more water than ever. We stopped bread, meat, pasta, and snacks. We have doubled our intake of vegetables and fruit. Neither of us feel deprived and both of us have agree we are going to continue this for at least another week until we begin adding fish and chicken.

This is our own idea of a diet because both of us love food too much to deprive ourselves of a good fulfilling meal. If you would like the recipes, let me know and I will supply them next week.

 © Natala Orobello

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


 My priorities have always been God and family -
Sometimes I do get confused and think it's things- 
Friendships that upon reflection are acquaintances -
Some closer than others.

Sometimes I am bewildered and wonder
Where have I gone wrong?
I realize my priorities and know I am not wrong
Right in my belief and my faith that first is
God – then husband – followed by children and grandchildren
The rest I will love with compassion, gentleness, and truth.
 © Natala Orobello

Monday, September 7, 2015

Georgia Poetry

I have recently published my poetry book with Kindle. Here is a poem from the book. I hope you will like it enough to check out the rest.
The book is titled: Respite: Ode to Owl Town Farm

Respite in Ellijay
The dirt road uphill and through
Brings wild flowers to sight
Welcoming my arrival                                                              
By day instead of night.

Crunching roads meander
Round turns shaded by pines
Shadows allow streaming sun
To touch melodious miles

Camouflaged by Hickory and Oak
Serene and peaceful break
Two roads converge toward
my cabin by the lake.

And herein lies my respite
The place where I retrieve
Energy for my spirit
Air for me to breathe.

© Natala Orobello