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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Get Some Awareness People

If you truly care about your body, your health, animals, and the beautiful world around you, I encourage you to watch KING CORN. It is a great documentary regarding the corn and meat industry in our country. I understand many people are simply unaware of some of the foods they consume, but there is information out there so we can be educated and inspired consumers, not just wasteful-mindless consumers. I watched this documentary in a nutrition class this past week and was impressed and at the same time devastated and disgusted by some of the vehicles that fuel this economy. Many people may not understand why I believe it's important to consume high quality, free range, grass fed, organic, sustainable, cage free, whole, antibiotic/hormone free foods, but hopefully watching something like this will at least open your eyes to what is being done. It really isn't hard to see why so many Americans are in the state of health they are when you consider the quality of food they live on. You have the power and the choice to make informed and respected decisions about your life and wellness, it is up to YOU!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Little Prince



“What makes the desert beautiful,” said the little prince, “is that somewhere it hides a well…”

"All men have the stars," he answered, "but they are not the same things for different people. For some, who are travellers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems. For my businessman they were wealth. But all the stars are silent. You--you alone--will have the stars as no one else has them--"

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Rainbow salad with nori

Homemade Dressing, super easy and delicious!

Nori wraps!


Kale! Eventually they became kale chips...

Tempeh

GO BIG! DREAM BIG!

So many mornings I start my day with a walk around the park or the neighborhood. It's become part of my ritual and seems to get me off on the right foot so to speak. I consider it a segment of my meditative practice, leading to the notion that you don't necessarily have to sit in the lotus pose for hours in dead silence to achieve or reach a meditative state. Anyways, yesterday on my walk I passed this 30-something woman standing on the side of a busy one-way street in Denver holding a sign that said, "GO BIG!", she was dressed up like a club kid from the late 80's/early 90's, bright bold colors, hot pink wig, and striped tights...She was also sportin a huge smile as all the cars passed by. Some of the cars honked as they passed and many simply just drove by. We made eye contact and we both smiled at each other, she really lit up my spirits. She was so unattached to anything other than just living in the moment and maybe just maybe invoking some inspiration or joy in another persons' morning, day, or moment. I thought it was really cool...
So coincidentally, right after that as I was approaching my apartment I walked by this car and the license plate appropriately said, "DREAM BIG!" How awesome is that?! It was a perfect start to the day for sure and reminded me to not only, go big and dream big but to also keep looking and paying attention to the messages, the signs, whatever you want to call them, they are all around us all the time, like the saying goes...occasionally just stop to smell the roses or at least slow down

Thursday, May 13, 2010

You Are the Creator

"In the same way that sculptors mold clay into the creation that pleases them, you create by molding Energy. You mold it through your power of focus--by thinking about things, remembering things, and imagining things. You focus the Energy when you speak, when you write, when you listen, when you are silent, when you remember, and when you imagine--you focus it through the projection of thought."
--Esther and Jerry Hicks, Ask and It Is Given

Vibrantly Vegan

Well, it seems the past week and a half (ish) I have pretty much been living vegan. You know, honestly I really had no intentions of this, I just kind of fell into it in a way. I suppose I am just really listening to my body and what it needs rather than thinking my way into what I think it needs or fueling it by some standard or guideline. To tell you the truth, it's been very freeing. I have never been a huge meat eater by any stretch but I have been a regular consumer of chicken and seafood for well, pretty much my whole life. I did go through "phases" as a younger person, especially when I started learning about the treatment of animals and the process as a whole. Once I found out what veal was (at the age of maybe 7) I vowed to never eat it and I still to this day have not consumed it. My grandma never should of told me what it was:) Anyways, spring time is nature's "cleansing" season and I have digressed from eating some foods just naturally. So last week I just kind of decided I was going to omit all animal sources for a while and just see what I feel like. So in essence, it's just a little experiment. I like looking at things as "projects" or "experiments", this takes away the black and white-ness we tend to place on changes. We feel as though we will have to succumb to something for the rest of our life and we will lose something or miss out on something...Basically our ego steps in as we begin to plummet out of our comfort zone and we become fearful, so all of a sudden all these attachments arise that truly are just distractions, having really nothing to do with the primary purpose....
So, I am very happy to report, I am actually feeling quite supreme! Truthfully, I didnt ever see myself as being able to survive without "my protein", i.e. meat. Well, I am and I feel great. My skin has dramatically cleared up, I have never had breakouts like this in my life before, I think it's just a by-product of being in school for way too long:) I have been sleeping like a baby and I wake feeling rested, no desire for caffeine at all! I have also had steady energy throughout the day for the most part. I feel great during my workouts, I would even go as far as saying my strength has increased. My blood sugar feels balanced and I virtually have no cravings.
I think where a lot of people may go wrong with these sort of lifestyles and ways of eating is simply not getting adequate nutrients, i.e. the vegan who lives off of veggie burgers and crackers or the vegetarian who lives off of mac and cheese and boxed cookies and Quorn cutlets. This is not real food. I have really been doing my homework around all of this to make sure I am receiving proper nutrients. Granted, my protein intake is a lot lower than what it typically is and my carb intake is higher, but who really says that I have to have "X" amount of this and "X" amount of that, our bodies are not computers, they are intelligent and really know what they need, it;s just that we have to learn to listen to them and trust them.
So what am I eating? Well, I have been having spirulina/greens drinks each morning. Im not really a huge bread eater but I have been enjoying my beloved Ezekiel sprouted grain english muffins, sweet potatoes, sometimes brown rice or quinoa. I have a slew of veggies all day long, too many to name. I have fats in the form of almond butter, coconut oil, flax, evening primrose, raw nuts, avocados, etc. I still have my awesome hummus:) I have been eating more fruit lately, maybe one or two pieces a day depending. Some other staples are hemp protein, lentils, beans, tempeh, etc. I really have an abundance of chioces. People keep asking me "What do you eat?!" or "Gosh, that must be tough!" Actually, it's not at all, when I feel good, it then becomes easy. Food should make you feel good. If you dont feel good, then you need to change something, either your attitude or your food choices or both.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

RECEPTIVITY

Allow yourself to receive. This will increase your intuition, energy, and ability to give to others....You have a maternal side to you that naturally cares for those in need, yet this must be balanced with receptivity or the flow will be blocked. Receiving is the essence of feminine energy, and it means allowing yourself to receive with grace and gratitude. You block your feminine energy when you have a hard time accepting help or receiving gifts. Your receptivity is just as natural as your nurturing, giving energy. When you receive, you have more resources to give to others. You can begin this process by simply being aware of the hundreds of gifts you receive each day. When you pause and be grateful for these gifts, you continue to stay open to receiving and thus the energy flows through you...

Thursday, May 6, 2010

GREEN POWER!!!

One of my absolute favorite "super" foods are green foods, they are a great addition to anyone's current diet. Green foods allow us to get vital nutrients from plants rather than having to eat meat products or take a pill.

Spirulina: This blue-green algae is a complete protein (65 to 71% protein) with all 22 amino acids, the entire vitamin B family including B-12 (with more than liver), naturally chelated minerals, and essential fatty acids like gamma linolic acid (GLA, the only food source other then chlorella and mother’s milk). It is easily digestible for rapid and long-range energy.

Chlorella: A powerful combination of amino and nucleic acids, B vitamins, Omega- 3 and -6 fatty acids, a variety of minerals and Vitamins C and E for mental clarity and sharpness. It has the highest amount of chlorophyll then any other plant, balances blood sugars, improves mental vitality and multiplies your T-cells times four, strengthening your immune system. This powerful superfood has a range of nutrients to release the energy you need throughout the day.

The interesting thing (or one of them) about these powerhouse substances is that your body actually absorbs the protein from green foods substantially better than the protein from meat (85% for spirulina vs. 22% for meat). Your body really utilizes the amino acid molecules as opposed to protein molecules and green foods are full of raw enzymatic amino acids. Not to mention, when you cook meat, the natural occurring amino acids are typically destroyed due to high heat and most of the meat that fills out grocery stores are low quality, so if you do eat meat, do your best to get grass fed and organic. And if you happen to be a vegetarian or vegan, well this is a perfect addition to your life! I do know one thing for sure, and that is green foods simply make me feel great and that speaks for itself:)

Touch Base with your True Nature....

Spring is a new beginning- the time of year to rise with the sun and get outside and move around, participate in "yang" activities, which in turn reflect the expansive, active, growing nature of spring. If you look around, you will probably notice new buds on trees and annuals peeking through the soil after the dark, cold, "yin" winter. The vibrant green color of the newly bloomed plants nourishes the soul through the eyes, hence the need to eat as much naturally decreases, and thus the body begins to cleanse itself naturally, not only of food residue but also of toxic or unnecessary emotions, or excessive desire. Vision becomes clearer and things are seen in new ways. This is a perfect time for discovering you true nature and giving attention to self awareness and self-expression.

I like to eat with the seasons, honestly it just makes sense to me and is actually really simple and I always feel as though my body is nourished with exactly what is needs at that moment. Eating in this way also allows you to eat locally more meaning you support your local farmers/companies and you are able to save money and saves energy globally.

Some foods perfect for springtime include-
-fresh greens, sprouts, wheat grass or other grasses, basil, fennel, marjoram, rosemary, caraway, dill, legumes, seeds, young beets, carrots, onions, and garlic...

This is a great time to eat more raw foods and sprouted foods, your diet will also most likely be the lightest during this time of year than any other season. All of these foods and practices promote cleansing and cooling the body which is perfect for us after the heavy, rich, and dense diet of winter. Think of springtime food as a means to renew your body.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

ONE


JUST LIKE A SUNBEAM CANNOT SEPARATE ITSELF FROM THE SUN, AND A WAVE CANNOT SEPARATE ITSELF FROM THE OCEAN, WE CANNOT SEPARATE OURSELVES FROM ONE ANOTHER. WE ARE ALL PART OF A VAST SEA OF LOVE, ONE DIVISIBLE DIVINE MIND.
-Marianne Williamson