Manage History Google Dutch Oven & Pure Clay – Made for Each Other

A Dutch OvenA dutch oven is the king of the kitchen. It is a very flexible piece of cookware. A variety of dishes can be prepared in it, from soups, stews to all kinds of rice and other casserole dishes. Typically, it’s a two-piece cooking utensil that includes a pot along with its well-fitting lid. It has thicker walls than a regular pot and is used on the stovetop or in the oven. For its flexibility and usefulness, I choose to name it the ‘king’ of the kitchen.Pure ClayPure clay is harvested from unfarmed and non-industrialized lands in the US. It is by far the purest material to make cookware. It is naturally inert as it is free from any chemical or metal impurities, unlike conventional metal and ceramic cookware that leach metals and chemicals into the food. Pure clay pots are handmade without using any chemicals or glaze so as to maintain its natural ability to be inert and safe for cooking. It is proven to be 100% non-toxic and healthy. In a world of toxic metal or ceramic cookware, pure clay pots stand out as the healthiest alternative. Hence, I choose to call it the ‘queen’ of cooking materials.

The Perfect PairWhat happens when you pair them both? You get an ideal Dutch oven that cooks your food in the healthiest way possible. It not only doesn’t leach toxins into your food but also preserves its nutritional value with unique far-infrared heat cooking. This heat is food-friendly and cooks without damaging the nutrients.Pure clay Dutch ovens require little to no monitoring when cooking. Heat given to the pot is held inside so all recipes can cook beautifully just on medium heat, and many times you can conveniently turn the stove off even if the food is not fully cooked… it finishes cooking with the heat retained inside.Moreover, the steam management properties of pure clay pots are a blessing; the ergonomic design of the pot & lid can uniquely allow steam to circulate inside and let food cook with its own steam pressure. The straight walls of the pot, if the pot is made in concentric circles, the inner flute on the lid and a cool underside of a knob can allow for steam to rise, get condensed and drop right back into the pot. Thus, the water-soluble nutrients are not lost by evaporation.No more leaching toxins into food — a healthy delicious dish every time you cook in a pure clay Dutch oven. Adding to the benefits, it is easy to handle and keeps getting better as it is seasoned (after 4-5 times of use).Why should this ‘couple’ be a part of your kitchen?

The popular cookware available in the market is made of metals or ceramics. At cooking temperature, metals leach ions that react with food (a biochemical entity). These metals are then assimilated in our organs and blood with food, and keep accumulating over time. Such toxins (metal and chemicals) are known to cause health problems that may range from allergies, minor illnesses to chronic diseases. Also, the harsh uneven heat from metal cooks food unevenly and damages nutrients in the process. What is left is a nutritionally lacking food full of toxins!With so many health benefits, who wouldn’t want this perfect ‘couple’ to be a part of their kitchen? It’s high time you switch to a healthy pure clay dutch oven to enjoy delicious food with your family.

Bold Money Conversations That Can Change Your Life

I recently returned from Kendall SummerHawk’s Feminine Money Mastery event, where women from all around the globe (and a few cool guys as well) gathered to improve their relationship with money. One of the most interesting aspects of this conference for me was learning to identify where we need to have “courageous money conversations” in our lives. These conversations are the ones we often avoid, as they bring up all sorts of disempowering money beliefs. We discussed how to make these conversations a routine practice and give them a methodology so that they aren’t as daunting to embark upon.

Powerful conversations can follow a format that eases some of the tension. Follow these steps and engage in, rather than avoid, the money talks that change your life.

1. Take a moment before the conversation to breathe and set your intention for the way you want the discourse to go. Decide on the outcome you want ahead of time and be very clear in your own mind before the other person is present.

2. Be free from emotion and set the agenda with the other party. Inform them as to the reason for the discussion, the outcome you desire, and the discussion points you plan to cover.

3. Stop and listen. Make sure the other party has a chance to say their piece and that they know you hear them. Repeat back and summarize their ideas – whatever you can do to establish that you understand what they are saying.

4. Offer several options for resolving the situation in various ways, if at all possible.

Find agreement, even if it’s to go to another decision-maker, and detail the subsequent steps, including who will do what, by when. Be sure to close the conversation positively.

After returning home from the conference, I immediately put this methodology to use and had two such conversations. I have been breathing a sigh of relief ever since! While it is important to take on these conversations under any circumstances, if you are intent on making a career shift or growing your business, this is a skill that is especially helpful and will pull you forward dramatically.

When you avoid courageous money conversations, you can be inadvertently sabotaging your own success. For example, a mom was recently telling me about her daughter, who has a job she loves. She is appreciated by her employer, coworkers, and customers, and received a promotion four months ago. She has not, however, received a salary increase to go with the promotion. Instead of having the conversation that needs to be had about the salary increase, she decided to look for another job. Objectively, this seems ridiculous, but she is so averse to having the necessary salary conversation that she has created a story in her head about what this all means and is taking a somewhat misguided action in response. For her, she believes it may actually be easier to land a new position than to have a money conversation where she would be championing her value to the company.

Similar to this case, when I work with clients, I often see two primary challenges:

1. Putting a voice to owning their value, and believing it as well. Examples include stating their fees, saying no to a discounted fee, or negotiating their salary.

2. Speaking honestly about an issue that makes them feel vulnerable. For example, discussing business plans with a spouse or renegotiating a loan they are having trouble paying.

Of course, taking a stance for your money will feel awkward at first. However, once you get a few of these conversations under your belt, you will be looking ahead for the next one! It’s about building a muscle over time that will increase your power across the board. Don’t be afraid to jump in headfirst – I promise you will be glad you did.

Michelle is the CEO and founder of Limit Free Life®, a coaching and personal development company designed to help clients discover and transition into careers or business ventures that satisfy their souls. As a former CPA, business consultant and now a certified business coach,she combines a strong background in finance and transition management with an intuitive coaching style.