December News Update | McIntosh & Associates, Inc.

End the Year on a Financial High Note

The holiday season is around the corner, and with the busy days ahead, 2018 will be here before you know it. Amidst all the action, we understand how easy it is to wait until the New Year to consider financial changes. But taking a few steps now could help you reduce your tax liabilities — and start January on a stronger financial foot. READ MORE


Tips for Protecting Your Financial Life as a Family Caregiver

Few tasks in life can be as rewarding and challenging as being a primary caregiver for your loved ones. And caregiving comes in a variety of forms, from looking after ailing relatives to raising children as a stay-at-home parent. Whether you purposefully chose the role or life’s circumstances required you to fill it, you face myriad responsibilities that can distract you from managing your own financial life. READ MORE


Tips for Families Who Have Children With Special Needs

When beginning to build their families, few parents expect to have a child with special needs. However, the experience is surprisingly common and affects millions of people throughout the United States. In fact, current estimates show that approximately 1 in 6 children from age 3 to 17 have at least one developmental disorder. READ MORE


Book of the Month

Who Moved My Cheese? is a simple parable that reveals profound truths. It is an amusing and enlightening story of four characters who live in a “Maze” and look for “Cheese” to nourish them and make them happy. “Cheese” is a metaphor for what you want to have in life — whether it is a good job, a loving relationship, money, a possession, health, or spiritual peace of mind. And the “Maze” is where you look for what you want — the organization you work in, or the family or community you live in.

In the story, the characters are faced with unexpected change. Eventually, one of them deals with it successfully, and writes what he has learned from his experience on the Maze walls. When you come to see “The Handwriting on the Wall,” you can discover for yourself how to deal with change, so that you can enjoy less stress and more success (however you define it) in your work and in your life.


“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”

– Eden Ahbez

Spicy Chicken Miso Stir-Fry

Ingredients:

2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 serrano peppers, sliced thin
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 ¼ pounds chicken breast, boneless and skinless, cut into ½-inch pieces
2 tablespoons miso, white or yellow
2 tablespoons water
4 green onions, sliced
3 cups cauliflower rice, cooked*
¼ teaspoon each, ground salt and pepper

Directions:

1. Warm a 12-inch skillet on medium heat, and cook garlic, peppers, ginger, and vegetable oil for 3 minutes or until garlic turns golden, stirring frequently.
2. Put chicken breasts in skillet with salt and pepper, and cook for 4 minutes.
3. Whisk together miso and water in a separate bowl, then toss into skillet along with the green onions.
4. Cook entire mixture for another 3 minutes or until chicken is done, stirring often.
5. Serve with cauliflower rice. You can substitute regular rice for cauliflower rice.

Foster Good Digestion

When left unchecked, digestive issues can create bloating, heartburn, and other uncomfortable symptoms. Fortunately, with some simple changes, you can keep digestion healthy and under control. Follow these tips:

  • Eat more plant fiber: Fiber derived from plants will help your digestive tract and encourage regularity. When eating fiber, be sure to increase your water intake, which further aids the digestive process. Fiber-rich plant foods include (but aren’t limited to) vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains.
  • Chew thoroughly and in small bites: Rather than heaping spoonfuls, make each bite smaller as you eat. From there, chew thoroughly and slowly to aid digestion.
  • Eat enough probiotics: The bacteria that live in our guts are important for healthy digestion. Be sure to eat foods rich in probiotics, such as yogurt and fermented foods.

Keep Your Vegetables From Spoiling

Food waste is a real problem in the United States—each year, we toss out $165 billion worth of uneaten food. You can do your part to not waste edible food by storing it more efficiently. Here are some ways to make your veggies last longer:

Fruit Vegetables

  • Vegetables like zucchini and cucumber have high moisture, which quickly leads to rot.
  • Rinse only right before you want to use them.
  • Store them either on a counter or shelf or directly in the refrigerator bin, without a plastic bag.

Root Vegetables

  • Vegetables such as beets and turnips will dry out and wilt quickly.
  • Cut the tops off each vegetable to avoid pulling moisture away from the root.
  • Store the topped-off vegetables in an open container covered with a moist towel in the refrigerator (or dunk them in water every few days).