Less Technology, More Fun: Cultivating a Different Type of Connection

A simple (but not so easy) way to relieve stress is to take a vacation from technology.  Disconnect, turn off computerized devices, and stop being available 24/7.

You’ve seen the bumper sticker, “Hang up and drive.” Mine should read, “Step away from the computer.” This weekend, I decided to log off and get out more. I didn’t use my laptop, dial my cell phone, or watch television for nearly three days. So, what did I do instead? I cultivated different types of connection:

  • Nurturing Spirit: Connecting with art and nature
  • Building Community: Connecting with family and friends
  • Being Present: Connecting with the moment (and savoring plenty of good food)

I could write about any of these “unplugged” experiences. (It was a fabulous weekend!) But, I have to share a photo of “the perfect cabbage.” On a bike-ride to the farmers’ market, I bought this beauty.

What do you do with a huge cabbage? Make cole slaw. For a new twist on the old favorite, try this recipe for an Asian-style slaw.

Summer Slaw
Perfect for BBQ season, this cabbage salad makes a cool and crunchy accompaniment to grilled meats.

  • 2 carrots, grated

    Summer Slaw with ginger-sesame dressing

  • 1/2 head of cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce or wheat-free Tamari
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp peeled and minced ginger
  • 1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Combine vegetables and cilantro in a salad bowl. Blend all remaining ingredients by shaking in a covered jar. Pour about half of the dressing over the slaw and toss. Add more dressing to taste.

Use outer leaf to make a wrap

Use any leftovers to make a wrap. Start with a large cabbage leaf. Slather on your favorite spread (mustard, hummus, tapenade, etc.). Add a healthy dollop of slaw and several slices of roast turkey breast. Embellish to your taste with sprouts, tomato, etc. Fold the cabbage leaf over the filling and munch away.

How ‘bout you?

Have you tried taking a vacation from technology? How did it go? What did you do instead?

With summer here, and an abundance of gorgeous produce, I’m thinking of making food a regular part of my blog. Please let me know if you would like to see more recipes. Thanks!


About Susan MacLaughlin

A health & wellness coach and workshop leader, Susan empowers people to take charge of their health.
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4 Responses to Less Technology, More Fun: Cultivating a Different Type of Connection

  1. robin rome says:

    Hey Susan–how about Douglas Rushkoff’s Ten Commandments for the digital age–and about a year ago I heard an interview with Judith Shulewitz for her book The Sabbath World, in which she describes the avoidance of technology during the sabbath,
    I like getting your blog–and the cabbage salad recipe.
    Robin Rome

  2. Thanks, Robin. I will check out your suggestions. I read a similar book by Donna Schaper (1997), “Sabbath Sense: A spiritual antidote for the overworked.” Good reminder to play more, work less — at least on the weekend.

  3. Dina Colman says:

    Well you know I’ve had a similar experience with “i”. 😉 Great job stepping away from the computer!

  4. Thanks, Dina. I love your story of “i.” So far, I have resisted getting a smart phone; being glued to my laptop is bad enough!

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