Good morning everyone. We are having fun today.
Welcome to The Balancing Act. I’m Julie Moran. And I’m Olga Villaverde. Alright, Jules, I
am packing my bad. Are you?
I am because today we’re going to learn more about Norway, and I’ve never been there.
I’ve been to Oslo but I want to go back. You’re in?
I’m in. Alright. It’s a land so mythical that it inspired
the most successful animated film of all time. Can you guess?
“Let it go!” “Let it go!”
Oh my gosh. Okay. We’re off.
We know what we’re talking about. We can’t sing. Really, we’re in the right
career. But we can dance!
Yeah. We can. And, you know what we’ll do, we’ll bring our iRULU smart phones with us
that we’re going to see today. Oh my gosh. And then we have to eat before
we go. So, we’re going to go to the kitchen and we’re going to serve up some asian seared
noodle salad. You know, this is a great show. You can’t
change the channel. The Balancing Act starts right now.
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(music). It’s a land so beautiful it inspired the Nobel
Peace Prize, the Oslo Opera House, and the highest grossing animated film of all time.
And, it’s been said that Norway’s people are just as beautiful as the country itself. So
it’s no surprise that today more Americans are heading there than ever before. So here
to help us plan our trip, my trip, to Norway is Hege Barnes from Visit Norway. Good morning.
Good morning. Alright, so let’s be honest, I don’t think
there’s an American alive, or anyone for that matter in the world, that does not know that
hit Disney movie Frozen. “Let it go. Let it go.” I mean, everybody sings it.
Oh yeah. Great movie. And, my goodness, what people
may not know is what the movie did for tourism in Norway. Huge!
Yeah. It was huge. Exactly true. Disney’s producers, they went to Norway, and they got
so blown away and so inspired by all what they saw and experienced there like the beautiful
landscape, our traditions… So they actually went?
Yup. They went for two weeks. They scouted it.
They experienced the whole Fjord Norway area and the Oslo region, and they picked up all
kinds of little tidbits about our culture, and history, and deciding the scenery. So,
they decided to then make that the setting for the movie.
Which is beautiful. Yeah. And it becomes also more authentic,
you know. The setting of the movie is based on a real country, and culture, and landscape.
And it did wonders for us. Amazing things. More Americans are going there
than ever before? Absolutely.
Do you have numbers? I can only imagine. We have numbers.
(Laughter). And you can add one more.
Disney actually came to us and asked for a corporation, and we did that. We did a lot
of joined press releases and stuff, and we did a big promotion. And we’ve actually doubled
the number of visitors to our website, tripled in periods, and we got double the media attention.
Everybody wrote about us and the movie, and together, and we actually increased American
visitor numbers to Norway 32% last year. Oh my gosh! That’s huge. I’ve been, really,
I’ve been all over the world, but I will be honest, Norway is not one that I have done.
And I want to. And it’s so easy to get there. Let’s first talk about some must-sees. I know
you have great video to show me. Tell me some must-sees.
Well, some good must-sees is definitely our scenic and beautiful nature.
Gorgeous. It’s everywhere and it’s so accessible. It’s
right there. And you have to see the fjords. They are stunning and amazing. Yeah, it’s
one-of-a-kind. And you have to travel up a long rugged coastline and experience the culture
along the coast. And go up north, you can see the midnight sun, 24 hours of daylight.
It gives you a lot of energy, and you do everything outdoors. And the northern lights in the winter.
Amazing aurora borealis. That, I will tell you, I’ve got to do that.
Two bucket list items for many many people. It’s huge for me.
Yeah. Now what about the language barrier because
a lot of people, you know, they don’t like to travel sometimes because they feel like
they can’t communicate? 90% of Norwegians speak English.
Okay, that’s what I figured. It’s mandatory in schools from early age.
So there’s really, for English speakers, no really barriers at all.
Big thing for me is cuisine. So, what kind of things am I going to dig into and eat?
Oh, it’s amazing. We have the best of local ingredients, the freshest seafood right off
the arctic waters. You have to try the salmon whether you like it grilled, smoked, gravlax,
whatever. It’s fantastic. And the cod. I mean, that’s in my opinion the best in the world.
Cod. Look at that. So fresh and delicious.
Now, what’s the best way to get around Norway? Our transportation system is really convenient,
and it’s high-standard. The high-speed trains can take you pretty much anywhere, and where
they don’t go it’s buses, very modern high-standard buses. And a ferry system, wide network of
ferry system. It can take you across a fjord or on an amazing fjord safari. We have the
world’s most beautiful sea voyage, awarded by many. It goes all along our coast from
Bergen in the south to Kirkenes on top of Norway and the Russian border. And you can
stop by 34 ports of call. It’s fantastic, and you really get to see and experience a
lot of Norway. And it’s really not that hard to get there.
I mean, even from anywhere in this country, right?
No, it’s very accessible actually. We’ve gotten six new direct flights from the U.S. to Norway.
Any out of South Florida? Yes. There’s one out of Orlando and Fort Lauderdale.
There’s two out of California, San Francisco and L.A.
How long is the flight? From California, it’s about 9-10 hours.
From Florida? From Florida, about 7-8 hours.
I love it. So not too bad.
And if you’re thinking maybe as a family because I’d love my girls to experience it? I mean,
my girls have been to so many places, and I do love to travel with them and my husband
as well. Let me include him. Is it nice to take them, too?
Yes. Absolutely. And with Norwegian Air, a new low-cost airline that has all these direct
flights from Norway, and they’re coming with a new one next year as well from Boston. You
can really fly for cheap. Their pricing is really really affordable. And that makes it
easy for families, too. And they fly the new dream liner plane, so it’s also a more comfortable
flight. I love it.
Yeah. So now cheaper and more convenient also for families.
Alright, and before we leave, you have to say something in Norwegian.
(Laughter). Because I can tell you have that gorgeous
gorgeous accent. So, we all love the outdoors. You know, Norwegians
play in the outdoors. That’s how we grow up, nature is our playground. And we have a saying
that is, (Speaking Norwegian). It basically means that you’re always happy wandering outside
or wandering together. Okay, let me try that. Go ahead.
(Speaking Norwegian) Perfect.
So are the men as handsome as the gorgeous women, too?
Oh, they’re even more handsome. Okay. Well, I’m going there. Thank you so
much! Thank you.
Thank you for being here and I’m going to take my girls. I appreciate it. And, of course,
if you want to start your Norwegian getaway, logon to VisitNorway.com/BalancingAct to get
started. That’s VisitNorway.com/BalancingAct to get started. And as always, you can head
to our website, TheBalancingAct.com. And how’s it go? “Let it go. Let it go.”
Today we’re continuing our 12-part series Reclaim Your Life. The road to recovery is
difficult for any addict, and it doesn’t stop when treatment ends as I found out when I
visited Transformations Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center in Delray Beach, Florida and met the
people behind their Alumni Program. When somebody comes to Transformations Treatment
Center, they have hit rock bottom, whatever that means to them. Some people live on the
street. Some people may have lost their children, and they come here to get help. And 30 days
is just the start of their new life. This is kind of an artificial world to them. When
they get out in the real world, they’re going to have to use the tools that they learned
here out there. You know, they’re going to have to use coping skills. We have a holistic
program. When they leave here, we give them each discharge pins for their individual treatment,
and if we can continue to guide them and encourage them to stay on that track, they’ll be able
to continue their sobriety. Whatever encouragement they need to stay away from a drug or a drink,
we’re going to do that. Helana Cabral is no stranger to the lives of those entering and
leaving treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. As the Alumni Director for Transformations
Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center in Delray Beach, Florida, she oversees a staff of workers
who are all former patients themselves. And that’s what makes the Alumni Program here
so successful. Not a lot of people understand addiction,
so having somebody as close to us as the Alumni Department is great. They understand, you
know, what we go through, the loss of not being able to get high, the loss of family,
all the emotions that come back with not getting high anymore. And they’re just always there
to listen. Helana, why is it so important that people
who work here in the Alumni Department were once patients themselves?
Everybody in my department is an alumni of Transformations. We all have over a year sobriety,
and we not just are able to tell them what they need to do, we can talk the talk because
we walk the walk. We encourage them to continue in their sobriety. We can guide them. We can
give them suggestions to be able to tell them other people have done it. You can, too.
So, how do you stay in contact with someone who leaves Transformations Treatment Center?
I’m sure many of them leave the state or maybe just go back home.
We follow up with them just like if they stayed local. We call them, email them, stay in contact
constantly. And then we also have social media websites, Facebook is very big as being able
to stay in contact with people. I’m very open with them about my own recovery. So, I’m posting
pictures of what’s going on in my personal life, showing them that you can have fun in
sobriety because that’s one of the number one things that you hear from the alumni that
they’re afraid that they’re not going to have fun because they don’t know what to do next.
So, we’re there to help them and show them that you can have fun. There is things to
do without being messed up. Besides offering a lifeline of support to
anyone who has graduated from treatment, the Alumni Department has created an active and
fun program for alumni to stay connected and focused on their road to recovery, including
backyard BBQs, movies, team events, and sports outings, as well as an Alumni Meeting every
Wednesday night in which awards are handed out for sobriety.
And we have a friend of theirs give it to them because each month that they get in sobriety
in their first year is a huge accomplishment, and we want to make sure that they know that.
Just doing things that are fun and getting them to laugh and enjoy life because they’re
not going to continue on the path if they don’t enjoy life.
Now, Helana, a lot of the clients here after they leave, they leave with the best intentions
to stay sober and to not fall again into that addiction. But let’s be honest, there is a
lot of relapse. What do you do to make sure your client stays on that road to recovery?
I want to make sure that every client knows that we’re there for them and that we are
also in recovery. So, we can help them. We can give them suggestions, and we’re going
to do whatever we need to to make sure that they stay on the right path.
Helana, you’ve seen so many people leave here and move on with their life, and obviously
your wish is that they stay sober and that they never become an addict again. When that
happens, how does it make you feel? It is very rewarding. It’s fulfilling, and
it just continues to give me hope and encouragement to keep growing the Alumni Department at Transformations
so I can change more people’s lives. For me, it’s just a reminder that this program
does work if you put in the foot work. I carry it with me everywhere. I have a better understanding
of what life is today, and it’s one of the greatest feelings ever.
It’s a lifelong journey of recovery even after the treatment ends, but the alumni of Transformations
is there to help every step of the way. We hope you’ll join us again in our Reclaim
Your Life series as we show you how Transformations Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center continues
to help those in addiction on the road to recovery. Next time, we’re going to see how
their housing program helps teach patients the life skills needed in recovery. Remember,
for more information, you can go to TransformationsTreatment.Center or our website, TheBalancingAct.com.
Smart phones. They’re everywhere these days, but are we paying too much and getting too
little? If you are nodding yes, ladies, you are not alone. Elizabeth Little of iRULU technologies
is here to show how to be smart phone smart, I like that, with your hard earned dollars
this holiday season. Welcome back. Thanks, Julie.
It is always so much fun to have you here. You always have the best tips and we love
having you. So, let’s be honest, you can pay so much for these, hundreds of dollars. And
we just can’t afford that sometimes, right? Right. So true, Julie. But the truth is, you
don’t have to spend a fortune to get an amazing smart phone.
I love to hear that. Yeah, and at iRULU, our mission is to make
smart technology affordable for everyone. And we have a full line of unlocked smart
phones that range from $100 – $200. That’s so great.
And this V3 is our latest addition to the family. It has a 6.5 inch screen. It comes
in white, black, and a coffee color as well. See, I like the coffee. That’s cool. Does
this phone give us the major benefits of a big and higher priced phone?
Absolutely. It does, Julie. It has the generous 6.5 inch screen, but what typically is the
tradeoff with a big screen is battery life and processing power.
You got it. The V3 gives you the benefits of the big screen
without compromising on battery life or processing power. It has up to 20 hours of talk time.
Wait a minute! Did you 20 hours? This big of a screen?
That’s right. That’s super.
And it has a Qualcomm processor which is the best that you can buy. It makes download speeds
and multitasking really fast and effortless. And price? Talk about price.
So, the V3 starts at $159. Oh my gosh! $159. You always surprise me with
something. That’s amazing! And where can our viewers go to find out more?
They can visit iRULU.com where they can get free 2-day shipping, and they can also find
us on amazon, ebay, and new egg. Okay, you threw something else, free 2-day
shipping. I love when you come. Great tips. Thank you so much.
Thanks for having me. And if you would like to find out more about
today’s tech topic, visit us at TheBalancingAct.com, or get social. Logon to Facebook/TheBalancingActFans.
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today’s hottest technology without the high price.
(music). If you’re anything like me, salad is your
pet peeve. I can never ever EVER get my homemade salad to taste as good as the salads I get
at restaurants. Yes, so what do I do? Well, thankfully, I bring in Chef Chris Paul to
the rescue. Chef Chris is here this morning to soup up your salad. Good morning.
Good morning. Konnichiwa. What?
Konnichiwa. Gazuntite. (Laughter).
What is that? Japanese. We’re cooking asian today.
I love it. And I’ve never heard that. So, what I love is, oh my gosh, seared tuna.
Yes. My favorite.
Mine, too. Number one on my list.
Yes. Yes. Alright. So, tell me how to make a really
good seared tuna. Very simple. In fact, you don’t even have
to do tuna. You could do any type of fish, but of course we did tuna today because it’s
so good. You want to use sesame seeds. And, of course, use black or white. You just want
to sear it, coat it on the top and the bottom, and the sides.
And what do you coat on top? What kind of oil do you use?
Put a little bit of, actually we’ve got it all here, a little bit of sesame seed oil.
Sesame seed oil. Okay. Sesame seeds and sesame seed oil, perfect
blend together. Oh, love it!
And then you just want to hit it with high heat. And then, just on both sides, take it
off, let it rest. We never let meat rest, and that’s important is let it rest. So, the
middle is a little bit raw. That’s okay. Right? It’s asian style. That’s what it’s all about.
And that’s how I like it. Yeah. It’s delicious that way. You capture
the true taste of it. And today you’re going to combine it with
maruchan noodles. Maruchan noodles.
How great. Yeah. And we use the shrimp blend because
it’s seafood. It’s a beautiful blend. The contrast goes all together, and I have all
these assorted ingredients. What did you bring?
Well, we did red peppers which are really good. We did carrots, a little bit of kale.
You can use bok choy which is a real strong ingredient in asian cuisine. Edemames are
really good, too. I love those. My kids love those. They eat
them a lot. Well, they’re easy. You can also caramelize
those, too. Just a trick. Oh, good.
Soy sauce. Wasabi. I love wasabi.
Me, too. I love that moment that you have it and you
(sniffs) and a second later you’re like, “Whoa! What was that?”
Yes. And of course we have a little bit of a nut blend mixture, cashews, and you can
use pretty much anything, any kind of nut. And combine them all?
Combine them all. Put them with your noodles, which you need, a little sesame seed oil.
We’ve got to have that. And this is it. And then voila.
And voila! I just want to show you how simple and easy it is. We just cut this, and look.
Look at this. Oh, how gorgeous!
And look at the final product. This is absolutely beautiful. It’s hearty. This is the best salad
I could ever ask for. Okay, what was that word again?
Konnichiwa. Konnichiwa. Alright, and then you use chopsticks
to eat. Yes! Chopsticks!
I don’t know how to… this is what we do at the table.
There you go. Thank you, Chef. I appreciate it. You can
tell I have fun with my kids. And if you want to learn more about maruchan noodle bowls,
just logon to our website, TheBalancingAct.com. That’s TheBalancingAct.com.
Thanks so much for starting your morning right here with us today.
Norway, here we go. We are coming.
Did you see me talking Norwegian? I did. I saw you trying to talk with a Norwegian
accent, but your lips were a little puckered. Forget it. A Cubana in the end. Need more
information? Head to our website, TheBalancingAct.com. Just in case, she’s Cuban. That’s what she
was trying to say. I am.
We’re also on Facebook and Twitter. Until next time, remember…
Encuentra su balance en la vida. That was not Norwegian. So long, everybody.