Author Archives: Robyn Kievit Kirkman

Giving to YOU!

One of my clients this week let me know that our one year anniversary of working together was coming up in January. She went on to tell me the appointments and our work together made her feel ‘hopeful’ at that time in her life and still do currently. ‘It’s gone even better than I thought it would and now that we’ve been working together I can self-motivate’.

There are many clinicians who do the same work I do. What makes me feel different in the work I do with my clients is mentoring rather than counseling. Don’t get me wrong –  there is definitely a big part of food and body image therapy that we also work on together.

The particular client referenced above is also one for which I prescribe medicine for mood. This person and I work on nutrition, body image, and medicine as it relates to mood and decisions around these three pieces. It did not take her a year to feel hopeful, but the anniversary of the beginning of the work and appointments to count on continue to help her feel strong. This person also has an exceptional therapist with whom I collaborate regularly as I strongly believe in a team approach to care.

As we move from the longest day of the year (in the northern hemisphere), the winter solstice, on 12/21 (tomorrow!), past Chanukah which ends tonight, and into Christmas and the new year, try giving to YOU.

What would this giving look like right now, in the present, not waiting for a resolution? Is it having more of a particular holiday food because it’s the season and feeling pleasantly full as an effect? Is it getting in a walk with a friend or family member to clear your mind? Is it eating meals and snacks regularly before bigger holiday meals and or celebrations to  keep feeling satiated in check? What does giving look like as time moves ahead? It’s my wish for you that your moments during this time are full of hope. That you might be able to keep your center present enough for that hope to shine now and moving forward into the new year.

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Going back through the year I came up with the nutrition and body image related things I have in my own ‘tool kit’.

They include a 6 Quart Instant Pot, my A5 Memo Bottle, the books Body Kindness and Born To Eat, and a new TRX for Suspension Weight Training.

All of these combined encompass food, fluid, body image, and movement. The core components I look at for wellness. If we were to round this list out more completely, I’d be able to add an extra hour of sleep every day and lots more time with family and friends. The latter will be more of my new year’s intentions!

Lastly, my most favorite, quick and easy Instant Pot recipe right now:

Instant Pot Ground Beef Shawarma and Rice
Recipe from Two Sleevers

Serves 8


1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup onion, diced
5 cloves garlic
1 lb ground beef
1.5 cups water or broth
1.5 cups basmati rice
4 cups shredded cabbage
3 Tbsp shawarma spice
1 tsp salt
¼ cup chopped cilantro for garnish (optional)


  1. Turn your Instant Pot onto Sauté on high. When the display reads HOT, add oil. When the oil is hot and shimmering, add the minced garlic and sauté for 30 seconds.
  2. Add onions and ground beef. Stir while breaking up the ground beef clumps. Don’t worry about cooking the beef at this stage, just break it up well.
  3. Add rice, water, cabbage, salt, and shawarma spice.
  4. Cook on High Pressure for 5 minutes, and allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes. Release remaining pressure.

I love serving this with either cilantro or mint and parsley as garnishes. Although, I know some folks are not fans of cilantro. Serve plain yogurt on top or on the side to take some of the spice down or with a side of pitas to dip in za’atar (another awesome spice!) mixed with olive oil.

This shawarma spice mix has a kick to it (it’s a mixture of spices you likely have at home already that can be found in the link). If spicy is not your thing, try adding just 2 Tbsp.

I’m a huge fan of making double batches of meals and freezing them for another lunch or dinner. This meal freezes extremely well! Think of it as an easy-to-make meal on a cold, winter night. You could also pair it with scrambled eggs and a pita for a warm winter lunch.

Merry and happy to all.