CRUNCHY BLUEBERRY CABBAGE SALAD

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CRUNCHY BLUEBERRY CABBAGE SALAD

CRUNCHY BLUEBERRY CABBAGE SALAD

 

 

This salad is such a colorful, nourishing dish - filled with purple and green cabbage, red leaf lettuce, carrots, blueberries, and pepitas.  It's topped with a super simple red wine vinaigrette so you can easily whip up this healthy meal when you're short on time!

 

 

 

Cabbage is a really filling and crunchy way to get some high quality produce variation in your diet.  It's packed with fiber, Vitamin C, and compounds that support your body's cancer-fighting abilities and natural detoxification processes.

 

 

Some other benefits of cabbage are its price; even organic cabbage is very affordable plus it holds up really well in the fridge- so you can create one big bowl of this salad to snack off of all week long.

 

 

Blueberries are an ultimate superfood.  They are overflowing with antioxidants, helping to reduce the effects of toxins and inflammation on your body, while also providing a mild sweetness without any negative effects on your blood sugar.  I love the bright blue color they add to this dish. 

 

 

Eat the rainbow and make this beautiful salad tonight, get the recipe by hitting the button below!

 

 

 

Recipe and photo credit: Ailsa Cowell at Food to Feel Good.

 

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WE ARE HITTIN' THE ROAD...

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WE ARE HITTIN' THE ROAD...

"GO WHERE YOU FEEL THE MOST ALIVE" 


 

I grew up road tripping in a Country Squire Ford Station Wagon.



My father, still king of the road at almost 80 years old, loved going on family adventures on the open Canandian roads.  My parents would put down the back seats, fill the 'very back' of the wagon with pillows and blankets and off we would drive, with Willie Nelson playing on the 8-track. (I know, I just dated myself)



I used to love my turn in the front seat, with the best view of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and the freedom and adventure I felt as I stared (for hours) at the open road ahead.




When I look back now, especially at photos like the one I shared above (obviously I am the one on the left), I see where I still carry this early part of childhood in my DNA.  




Travelling, adventuring, and exploring many parts of the world (not limited to road trips) is still a big part of my life and my passion.  




So when the inspiration came to take Boulder Nutrition on the road, it felt like a resounding YES and perfect timing!!!  




A lot of things have changed in my life over the past few years:
 

  • Elijah, my older son moved out on his own.
  • My business has become almost 50% online and still growing.
  • I have begun leading retreats SOLO most of the time, which was a new and scary endeavor.
  • I have been able to, and loved to travel both with my amazing partner and often times, all of our kids.
  • My Boulder Nutrition Retreat schedule is full of exciting upcoming trips to beautiful places.
  • I feel ready and thrilled to spread Boulder Nutrition love to a further reach.




My life is always my teacher and the biggest inspiration for my writing and my work. 
 




Traveling and teaching on a larger scale has been a big dream of mine for many years.  So, I have been planning some travel and adventure while I share my work around the country (and world) and I am thrilled that Ari (my son) will be joining me most of the time. While I couldn't be more excited about the 'open road', I am also intent on savoring these last couple of years with him still at home–my high schooler who loves to road trip with me.



Soooooo, I wanted to let you know we will be heading out on the road (or occasionally by plane) to share my work and my message with as many folks as I can and to share some great adventures together. I will still be working in my beloved North Boulder office most weeks, but fitting in our travel schedule on weekends with the occasional longer stints.
 



Will I see you?  
 



Check out locations and dates below and let's talk about meeting up.  If your home town is not on the list, feel free to join me on one of the amazing Boulder Nutrition Retreats coming up – I would love to hang with you!!

Want to see what we are up to?  You can check us out on instagram for daily stories and updates (along with lots of free resources and recipes):

 

 

Click the icon below to follow our road trip on Instagram here:


Be sure to peruse all the details for this fall's exciting Boulder Nutrition Road Trip and Retreat schedule (local and international options available).  



PS. If you want to host me in your town, let me know!!


 


 

Take a well deserved break, share in the sisterhood, thrive through the practices of yoga, meditation, inspired living, experiential cooking, personal transformation, healing foods and self-care.


**Limited space in each workshop and retreat. Be sure to message me if you are interested. Spaces sold on a first come first serve basis.

 

" When going away is the first step towards coming home..."

 



 

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IT HAD BEEN WAY TO LONG SINCE I DID THIS...

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IT HAD BEEN WAY TO LONG SINCE I DID THIS...

 "A WALK IN NATURE WALKS THE SOUL BACK HOME" 

MARY DAVIS



 

 

There are many ways to nourish ourselves, 




While most of the time I talk about nourishment through our healthy and healing diets and our relationship to our eating and our bodies, today, I want to share with you a different spin on self nourishment.



I just returned from a long weekend, retreating in my favorite part of Colorado, Steamboat Springs.  For the first time in quite a while, Jason and I were on a solo adventure. With three kids (+ one adult kid) between the two of us, our solo time has been sparse over the past many, many months.



Being single parents requires us to constantly be available to our kids, which is something we both cherish and prioritize. We own our own businesses, and taking time away to unplug has just been tough to pull off lately.  In fact, to be totally honest, being out of range for long periods of time often gives me a little anxiety. 

 



While my heart and soul wants nothing more than the quietude of nature to sink into, restore, and savor...timing is everything.




 

This past weekend, the timing was just perfect.  We spent our days in the vast Colorado wilderness where we saw just a few other folks (mostly badass solo women on horseback), gorgeous wild life, beautiful mountain peaks, and we had the colorful blooming alpine meadows of flowers all to ourselves. We ate delicious food, slept, read books, and everything about it was just what I needed.




At times, life's busyness can swallow us up. Getting away can almost feel like too much to plan amidst it all. Just like eating a satisfying meal or getting a deep night's sleep, retreating can be one of the most nourishing gifts we can give to ourselves.




These sacred moments of solace are touchstones into the the ways I live and teach. Even if they are short and sweet – like enjoying a day at home resting on the weekend, taking a long hike in the foothills of Boulder, or savoring a luscious bath each night before I get into bed – they are the very back bone of my health and happiness.




This week I am going to share with you some very specific health benefits that happen when we give ourselves a break. They are important to know about, part of an important conversation for women, and something most of us could work on, as we are often the last ones on our own priority list.  (insert sad face)




I wrote most this article a few years ago after my family had been through an incredibly traumatic and challenging year. Today, after re-reading it, and adding more of the full story, I was brought to tears in remembering just how tough it was, and how emotionally exhausted I was. I sit with a full heart as I share it with you today...

 
 

 




To stay strong, nourished, resourced and bring our most brilliant and best selves to the table, we must remember to slow down, restore, reflect, and prioritize our self-care.  




Be sure to scroll down and peruse all the details for this fall's enticing Boulder Nutrition Retreats (local and international options available).  These retreats are designed to be highly customized experiences where nourishment and restoration happens for your body, mind and soul.  




Nature...
Women...
Healing Foods...
Women's Yoga...
Meditation...
Rest...
Play...
Cooking...
Spaciousness...
Connection...
Self-care...
Gentleness...
Beauty...




From my heart to yours...because YOU deserve this.
 

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SUNFLOWER SWEET POTATO ROUNDS

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SUNFLOWER SWEET POTATO ROUNDS

SUNFLOWER SWEET POTATO ROUNDS

 

 

These delicious bites of sweet potato, sunflower seed butter, cacao nibs, and shredded coconut make a perfect breakfast or snack, plus they're super kid friendly!

 

 

 

Sweet potatoes are bursting with antioxidants and contain a good amount of fiber, supporting whole-body health in numerous ways.  Then, there's the sunflower seed butter, which provides some protein and healthy fats, helping to balance your blood sugar and absorb the Vitamin A precursors that the sweet potatoes contain.

 

 

Cacao might be a new ingredient to you. This is the raw form of chocolate, and these little nibs provide that rich, bitter flavor of dark chocolate without the added sugar.  They are also a great source of antioxidants with a really satisfying crunch!

 

 

You can find sunflower seed butter at Whole Foods and Sprouts Market, but you could easily use almond butter on these sweet potato rounds for an equally delicious treat.

 

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TRUTH TALKS :: SESSION 4

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TRUTH TALKS :: SESSION 4

TRUTH TALKS :: SESSION 4 :: PHATPHOBIA

 

 

 HANGRY:

A STATE OF ANGER CAUSE BY A LACK OF FOOD; HUNGER CAUSING A NEGATIVE CHANGE IN EMOTIONAL STATE

 


 



Boulder Flashback ?



OMG!  When I first moved to Boulder in 1995 (Goss Street to be exact) the fat free movement was in full tilt.  While I was already a foodie at heart, my cash flow was a little sparse.  




Multiple times per week, I would slip on my very worn out Birkenstocks and saunter a few blocks over to the formerly known Crystal Market on East Pearl St. to fill up my trusty back pack (yup, no car) with all of the least expensive vegetarian eats I could get my hands on.  




At that time, there was a pretty big global notion that fat made you fat(ALL kinds of fat that is– including nuts, avocado, egg yolks and coconut oil) along with a whole array of other terrible health problems. So, some of my favorite "healthy" go-to's were canned fat free lentil soup (organic of course), Annie's fat free mac and cheese (definelty NO butter), canned Bearitos fat free black beans (for dank burritos), and a host of fresh veggies which I would mix in for extra veggie love.  




Time passed, Jerry Garcia died (just months after I arrived), my only form of transportation (my bike) was stolen off my porch, and I fell in love with Boulder.  




While my love affair with Boulder grew (into what I would eventually call home), I grew more and more tired, depleted, weak and HANGRY. My ability to handle my life diminished. Eventually, a new friend I had made told me about the Naturopathic doctor she was working for and made me an appointment.




Everything changed...




After one look at me, a few tests, and what I consider to be a very important turning point in my health, my career and my life, I was prescribed a high fat (and protein) diet.  Not only a little, but an RX of high amounts at every single meal.  I was so desperate. I was so drained. I would have done almost anything to feel like myself again.




It worked.  It honestly it seemed like I "found myself".




{... Some of us go to India, and me – the Naturopath}

 


The only way I had been able to sustain this fat free vegetarian lifestyle was through sheer will power and restriction.




Once I began to listen to my body, my intuition and my true cravings, I had no choice but to surrender the fat free movement forever.  




Reflecting on this journey fired me up about sharing what I now know and teach about food, fat, and some other things...

 



 

*WELCOME TO THE TRUTH TALK SESSIONS*

 

We will debunk some common health myths, reframe our health and healing and find our way back home to ourselves. TRUTH TALKS are little nuggets of  truth for you to chew on. Together, we will take a deeper look at some of our personal beliefs and some automatic ways we tend to orient around our health.   For the next few weeks,  join me in a little immersion into some of the ways we can reframe our health and reclaim our power.

(and your suggestions and requests are welcome)



I have a few more truths (science based) for you to nosh on today...

{If you missed the previous TRUTH TALKS feel free to catch up anytime HERE...}


 


 

TRUTH TALKS :: SESSION 4 :: PHATPHOBIA


 

1. DOES FAT MAKE ME FAT?  If there is one thing I could change in the nutrition world it is that the food group "fat" and the body weight "fat" share the same word.  It is confusing.  Of course, we would naturally conclude that one is directly related to the other. Every day in my office I find myself debunking the myth of "fat makes us fat".  Yes, there are good fats and bad fats (see below) but in the category of good healthy natural fats, there is no correlation with body weight (or other health issues).  

P.S. If you like to geek out with science like me, check this out: Since the 1980's when the fat free movement was at it's highest, there have been many, many studies proving that not only is this notion not true, the data was falsified, and supported by some pretty suspicious participants. The Journal of the American Medical Association printed a comment about the new recommendations:  “tacitly acknowledging the lack of convincing evidence to recommend low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets for the general public in the prevention or treatment of any major health outcome, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, or obesity.”  Read the full New York Times Article Here.
 
TRUTH:  You can befriend fat. Not only is fat an essential nutrient for hundreds of biochemical processes in the human body, but is also a critical food group to stabilize our blood sugar and keep us in the targeted "fat burning zone".  To put it simply, fat is essential to burn body fat.

 

 



2.  GOOD FAT, BAD FAT?  Yes, there are both.  I know this may seem obvious, but there still seems to lie some confusion for many of us.  Here is how I define it:  Natural fat (i.e. fat found in nature) is good.  Processed fat (hydrogentated oils), GMO oils, trans-fats, and any other man made or altered fats we should avoid. Our bodies simply do not have the correct biochemistry to break them down.  On the other hand, fats found in nature, including pure saturated fats (organic meat, coconut oil, chocolate, butter), poly-unsaturated (omega-3 and omega-6), mono-unsaturated fats (avocado, olive oil, and most nuts) are wonderful to eat an array of to feed various systems in our bodies including our hormones, our brain chemistry, our skin health, and our heart health. 

TRUTH:  Eat natural fats.  Don't be shy about it. You will be more satiated throughout the day and your blood sugar will thank you. Listen to your body.  When we eat good fat, our body tells us when we have had enough (not quite the same with french fries).  With each of our unique metabolisms, activity level and biochemistry, listening to our satiation cues is the best option for eating good fat. If you are craving it, you most likely need it.

 

 


3. HELP, MY CHOLESTEROL!  If you are like most folks I know, I am sure you have thought about this. "What about my cholesterol?"  You may come from a family history of high cholesterol, you may just be weary of all the things that could go wrong down the road and want to be smart.  Either way, I think you will find these (science based) facts enlightening.  There are many kinds of cholesterol.  Good and bad.  When we get it checked, we want higher HDL and lower LDL.  

Here are the goods: The main culprit of high cholesterol comes from excess sugar and refined fats (gasp!).  When we have an excess of sugar in our blood, a lot of it is stored in the liver where our own bodies convert it into bad cholesterol.  Why?  Well, we are not designed to eat that much refined sugar or high glycemic sugars (mainly from processed foods).  We have adapted a response to deal with and store this excess sugar which leads to high cholesterol, plaque in our arteries, triple by-passes etc.  


TRUTH:  In actuality, we need dietary fat (including saturated fat) to break down bad cholesterol.  Your heart will be fine.  Your cholesterol will likely go down.  Focus on avoiding the sugar instead of the natural fats.  According to Dr. Diana Schwartzbein, M.D. (one of my primary teachers) eating (natural) fat and cholesterol prevents heart attacks by lowering insulin levels and switching off the internal production of cholesterol.

 

When you eat better you feel better.  "HANGRY" is a choice you don't have to make.

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EASY PALEO PEACH PANCAKES

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EASY PALEO PEACH PANCAKES

EASY PALEO PEACH PANCAKES

 

These Paleo Peach Pancakes are the perfect way to wake up and enjoy a weekend morning!  They're grain-free, super easy to whip up, and they embrace the juicy, delicious peaches this season has to offer.

 

 

 

For these pancakes I used the Birch Bender Paleo Pancakes mix, and it could not be simpler!  You just add water, mix them up, and cook them in a dollop of coconut oil until nice and fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside.  They are really tasty, have a nice amount of protein, and are much healthier than many of the other mixes out there. (you know how I get about balancing blood sugar)

 

 

Coconut flour is an amazing grain-free ingredient to create healthy, low-carb baked goods.  It's full of healthy fats, called medium chain trigylcerides, that your body can quickly and easily use for energy production.

 

 

It's also rich in fiber to support your digestive system, which helps to balance the sugar from the maple syrup in this recipe.

 

 

Peaches are an excellent source of Vitamin C and antioxidants, plus they have a low-glycemic index. 

 

 

These pair perfectly with some raw chopped pecans and a warm cup of morning tea or coffee- enjoy!

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SWEET SOLACE GREEN SMOOTHIE

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SWEET SOLACE GREEN SMOOTHIE

 

SWEET SOLACE GREEN SMOOTHIE

 

 

It's the high point of summer.  It is super hot here in Colorado.  It is important to stay cool and calm when you can...

 

 

Many of us feel overwhelmed with the long list of to-do's we can never quite keep up with.  We juggle a lot, take care of many others in our lives, and want everything to turn out just right.

 

 

 

Life can be pretty full at times, and how we fuel our bodies can help us with how we handle the hard times.  

 

 

 

Today's SWEET SOLACE smoothie is full of potent ingredients that will cool down your body and diminish your stress and filling you with peace and serenity.

 

 

 

What is your biggest stressor?

 

 

 

We have noticed in my daily work with all types of people that STRESS is our most common complaint.  If we are not worrying about ourselves – our successes, our health, our self-care – then we are worrying about those same things for others in our lives – our kids, our parents, our friends.

 

 

 

It can be like the never-ending cycle of worry and stress.

 

 

 

Health Fact:  Just like anything, we have to practice honing our skills to get better at dealing with stress.

 

 

 

Here are a few suggestions...

 

  • Become a problem solver.  Being able to solve small problems will give you confidence to tackle the big ones, and feeling confident that you can solve problems, will go a long way to helping you feel less stressed.
     

  • Get organized. Think ahead about how you're going to spend your time. Write a to-do list. Figure out what's most important to do and do those things first.  Organize your home.  Our bodies and minds relax more easily when our environments are calm and organized.
     

  • Take deep breaths. If you're feeling stressed, taking a few deep breaths makes you breath slower and helps your muscles relax.
     

  • Make time for daily downtime. Take baths, read a book, take long walks in nature. Find some way to unwind and give yourself time for personal peace.
     

  • Get enough sleep. Getting enough sleep helps you recover from the stresses of the day. Also, being well rested helps you think better so that you are prepared to handle problems as they come up.
     

  • Get moving. Taking part in physical activity not only helps you relax your tense muscles, but also improves your mood. Research shows that physical activity can help relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety.

 

 

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TRUTH TALKS ~ SESSION 3

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TRUTH TALKS ~ SESSION 3



 


TRUTH TALKS :: SESSION 3

ACCELERATE OR COAST?

 

" MAKE SPACE IN YOUR LIFE
FOR HEALTH AND HAPPINESS "

KRIS CARR

 



While summertime is one of the most expansive, playful, and uplifting times of the year, it can also be exhausting.  The hot days tend to zap our energy. The fullness of summertime life, social functions, adventurous trips, and holiday hype can tucker us out if we are not careful.  




We just returned from a great holiday weekend in one of my favorite parts of Colorado. Jason and I took four kids away (yes, we are brave) for a long weekend to enjoy some river rafting, some hot springs, and some of the beauty of the peak of summer.



As we paddled down the Arkansas river with our guide Michael calling out the strokes, there were many times we had to paddle like crazy through a rapid, while many others where we could just coast.  Each time we approached a rapid, I could feel myself preparing for the acceleration. After some white water splashes, and a few shrieks from the boat, we would make it to the other side to exhale, exhilerated.


 



... Life is full of moments like these  






The ebbs and flows of life, health and healing keep things interesting and dynamic. We have to stay present to what our lives are asking of us, listen to our intuition, to get the most effective (and usually desired)results. 



I often think of our healing phase as acceleration, while the maintenance phase as a time to exhale and coast.




 


... Listen for the moments to accelerate and give it your all. Listen for the moments to exhale and coast.


 



Are you in an accelerate phase or a coast phase in your health and healing ?


 




 

*WELCOME TO THE TRUTH TALK SESSIONS*

 

 

We will debunk some common health myths, reframe our health and healing and find our way back home to ourselves. Truth talks are little nuggets of  truth for you to chew on. Together, we will take a deeper look at some of our personal beliefs and some automatic ways we tend to orient around our health.   For the next few weeks,  join me in a little immersion into some of the ways we can reframe our health and reclaim our power.

(and your suggestions and requests are welcome)


 


I have a few more nuggets for you today...

{If you missed TRUTH TALKS SESSION 1 or TRUTH TALKS SESSION 2 feel free to catch up anytime HERE...}

 

 

TRUTH TALKS :: SESSION 3 :: ACCELERATE OR COAST?


 

1.  DO I NEED SUPPLEMENTS?  First off, the way our foods are grown and prepared leaves our food depleted in a variety of ways. The methods of storing, processing and preserving food often severely devitalizes the food of its nutritional value. In addition, many of the modern techniques used to grow food faster, larger and on nutritionally depleted soils have destroyed the original, natural quality of our food supply.  There is no question that we could ALL use a little nutrient boost, AAAANNNDDD...


If you are in an healing phase of you will find your healing is more supported and accelerated with the right supplements ...

 
TRUTH:  If your health is not optimal, you are most likely experiencing a deficiency of some kind in your body – in your capacity to digest or assimilate your food, or in what your body needs to heal. Adding in the right supplements will absolutely accelerate your healing process.




2.  ARE ALL SUPPLEMENTS THE SAME?  There is a HUGE difference between the ingredients used in a whole food supplement versus a supplement made with synthetic ingredients. There is also a DRASTIC difference between a food grade supplement and a pharmaceutical grade supplement. When we start messing with natures magic (trying to impersonate nature in a lab) and when we start taking short cuts to cut costs, and dilute the potency of nature’s medicine, we loose out on the synergy and perfection of purity.


.... Are your supplements in their natural form? Are they pure?  Are they potent?  Are they absorbable?

.... If these questions cannot be answered or if the answer is NO, don’t waste your money.  A crappy supplement is going to do you no good.  


TRUTH:  A high quality pure supplement is incredible and an integral part of accelerating your health and healing. You will see that with a little education and a little discernment you can find the best options for you, even if you need to reach for advice from a specialist.  Buy less supplements, buy the high quality natural, pharmaceutical grade supplements so that you get the most bang for your buck and see the results you are looking for.



3.  HOW DO I KNOW WHAT TO TAKE?  I know it can be a little overwhelming.  Trust me...many of my clients show up with bags full of supplements to show me when we first start working together.  

Here are a few good tips to practice when you are buying supplements:
 

  • Read the ingredients

Ingredients tell it all.  Look for natural substances, names that you recognize and ingredients in tandem. 
 

  • Look at the daily value

Natural supplements may be at lower dose at times, but they are more potent because they are natural and pure.  If the daily values are through the roof, you are likely looking at synthetic version. More is not always better.
 

  • Look for the GMP practices

The Federal Drug Administration has not finalized Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for dietary supplements, as they are theoretically required to do under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act. Rather, Congress has stated, as a provision, that dietary supplement GMP should be modeled after foods.  Because of this statement, many supplement manufacturers have chosen to follow the GMP for foods. Others, however, voluntarily follow GMP for pharmaceuticals as the basis for their quality assurance program in the manufacturing of all of their products.  This means these companies treat nutritional supplements with the same consistency that goes into the manufacturing of pharmaceutical products.

Pharmaceutical grade supplements can guarantee quality, potency, absorbability and purity.  They are your BEST option for supplements all the way around.



TRUTH:  We are such an instant gratification, pill popping, symptom focused culture, but it isn’t really getting us anywhere. When you want to accelerate your health and healing, remember to move slow and steady and go for quality not quantity.  


**Need a little help?  I have you covered.  For the rest of July, I will be offering 30 minute supplement consults at a discounted rate. Click the button below for all the details (in person or remote sessions available)
 

 


We all go through times where we accelerate and where we coast. Remember to let your energy follow your authentic flow.


With love and peace...

 

Have some thoughts or insights about these truths?  Have some requests for next week? Let me know in the comments below.

 

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GREEN CURRY CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS

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GREEN CURRY CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS

GREEN CURRY CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS

These savory drumsticks are a delicious, easy meal to whip up for a crowd.  The green curry lends the perfect amount of spices and a little dash of sea salt brings it all together.

It's important to buy free-range or pastured chicken, to ensure the meat you're eating is more nutrient dense and free of harmful toxins, like hormones and antibiotics which are pumped into conventionally raised animals.

Chicken is a wonderful source of complete protein, as well as several B-Vitamins to support your nervous system and adrenal glands.

Chicken drumsticks also provide you with minerals like selenium, an essential antioxidant that benefits thyroid and prostate health.  These drumsticks can be baked or grilled, just serve them up with some fresh veggies and you've got a healthy, balanced meal!

Get the recipe HERE, on my friend, the amazing Ailsa Cowell's healthy food blog, Food to Feel Good.

Hope you enjoy!

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TRUTH TALKS ~ SESSION 2

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TRUTH TALKS ~ SESSION 2

TRUTH TALKS ~ SESSION 2

 

" I WALK SLOWLY, BUT I NEVER WALK BACKWARD "

ABRAHAM LINCOLN






Last week, I was so excited to join one of my closest friends in celebrating the first day of summer with a full day climb up Mount Elbert, the highest peek in Colorado.



With an early 4 am start to the day and the most brilliant solstice sunrise as we drove into the mountains, we were off to a great beginning to our adventure. 





As we set foot on one of the most beautiful trails I have ever been on, my friend gently reminded me: "SLOW AND STEADY".  


 



While I was super excited and eagerly bursting out of the gates, her words anchored me into a pace that would eventually help us to ascend this gorgeous peek.

 




Life is full of metaphors



 


For me, something about the different ways we learn experientially is so poinient in the many opportunities where we can apply these same metaphors to multiple aspects of our lives.




All day long, "SLOW AND STEADY" became my mantra.  As we drove home after a glorious and exhausting day, with views to die for, deep conversation, and the most magical ascent through snow fields and blustery winds, I felt this mantra so deeply in all the work I do each day around our health and our healing.  




So, I wanted to share with you today, session 2 of the new summer series I created to reframe some of the ways we look at our health and our healing.  


 

*WELCOME TO THE TRUTH TALK SESSIONS*



For the next few weeks, join me in a little immersion into some of the ways we can reframe our health and reclaim our power. Together, we will take a deeper look at some of our personal beliefs and some automatic ways we tend to orient around our health.  Truth talks are little nuggets of truth for you tochew on. We will debunk some common health myths, reframe our health and healing and find our way back home to ourselves.
(and your suggestions and requests are welcome)



 

 

 TRUTH TALKS :: SESSION 2 :: SLOW AND STEADY


 

1.  YOUR DIAGNOSIS IS NOT YOUR PROGNOSIS:  Our health and our healing is the most intimate and integral part of ourselves.  While I find that knowing all the information, all of the science, and what western medicine would refer to as our diagnosis is imperative, there is what I find to be a potential problem. Often, once we know all of these facts, we are given a prognosis (sometimes by a doctor, a practioner, or yes, even Web MD).  A prognosis is an expected likely course of our condition, similar to a weather forecast or a financial projection.  


...Last week in Colorado we were told that it would get very hot on Friday.  I was preparing myself for a sweltering day.  What actually happened was that a lot of clouds rolled in, and cooled off the air, then it rained with no rain in the forecast! Are you catching my drift??



TRUTH:  Our bodies know how to heal, when given the right nutrients, environment, attitude, and rest.  Our bodies are designed to heal themselves.  When we run amuck with our designated prognosis, we tend to both create more stress and anxiety in our bodies, as well as feel limited in our healing potential.  Your healing path will be your own unique process, that often has very little in common with your designated prognosis.  Stay open to possibility, deep healing, and the radical ways your body knows how to heal.



2.  YOU ARE NOT YOUR GENETICS:   While we may come into this life with a genetic palate that may seem unfavorable, how our genetic expression shows up may be very different.  When we spend time on our self care, nourishing our bodies well, managing our stress, and taking charge of our health, we may never see our family genetics or hereditary conditions show up.

TRUTH:  Don't let your genetics take you down.  Take good care of yourself. Prioritize your health. Listen to your body. Stay out of the negative spiral of expecting things to go awry.  Genetic expressiontrumps genetic coding any day.




3.  MIND OVER MATTER:  In my nutrition practice, I work with many, many folks who are struggling with a variety of health issues.  From digestive distress to hypothyroidism to autoimmune disease to anorexia to endometriosis – I see it all.  I have learned through my own health and healing, and watching the healing process happen with my clients, that our healing journeys are dynamic, multi-faceted, and complex.  Like most things we do, our attitude has a bigger influence than we often realize.  The process of truly healing ourselves must involve all parts – body, mind, and soul.

TRUTH:  The most important quality of healing is our commitment to it.  We may be required to learn elaborate levels of patience.  We may be asked to listen to our bodies like never before.  We may be called to try a variety of modalities simultaneously to support our health.  We may need to be stronger, more diligent, and more committed than ever before.  When we put everything we have into the process, we move mountains!

 



Just like I learned on the mountain top of Colorado's highest peek.. SLOW AND STEADY is the best approach to reaching our health and healing goals.

 



 

With love and peace...




 

Have some thoughts or insights about these truths?  Have some requests for next week? Just hit reply and send them over.  I love hearing from you!!

 

 

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THE PRIESTESS SMOOTHIE

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THE PRIESTESS SMOOTHIE

THE PRIESTESS SMOOTHIE

 

I created this smoothie for many of the women in my private practice to support a healthy menstrual cycle and balance out monthly cycle hormones and energy.  

Many women struggle with menstrual stress, pain, fatigue, cramps, mood challenges.  Some women are even bed ridden, experiencing high levels of suffering and often challenged to have a somewhat normal day.

While there are many causes for menstrual struggles, this recipe addresses a lot of them.  

I chose these ingredients as medicinal foods that are known to help.  Some of these tonics are essential remedies to support a health menstrual cycle (AKA Moon cycle), building blood, relaxing the uterus, and uplifting mood and energy.

 

 

Red Raspberry Leaf:

Raspberry leaf helps with irregular or heavy bleeding while relaxing the uterus. Fragrine, the main component of raspberry leaf, tones the uterus. When the uterus is toned, it is more relaxed and it helps the blood flow smoothly while also reducing cramps.

 

Avocado:

Avocados tend to offer a good amount of healthy fats, while boosting progesterone. Stress and anxiety can lead to progesterone deficiency in women of childbearing years, which is often linked to the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome or PMS.

 

Rose Oil:

One of the best for aromatherapy oils for mood, hormone balancing, and easing the restful time of the moon cycle.

 

Banana:

Bananas are rich in vitamin B6 and potassium, which can stop you from retaining water and feeling bloated. Too little potassium can cause muscle cramping

 

Red Swiss Chard:

We often feel tired and depleted in the waning phase of our moon cycle. Consider eating more blood building foods to support you in replenishing your energy.  Blood building foods include red meat (organic and grass fed), fresh figs, red Swiss chard, beets, and cherries to name a few.

 

Protein:

Often during our cycles we feel a little tired, so be sure to keep up with your proteins, which are rich in vitamin B12, iron, and folic acid and essential for rebuilding blood and energy. For meat eaters, choose grass fed, organic and wild options.  For vegetarians, make sure you eat balanced unrefined proteins such as beans, whey protein, hemp protein, chia seeds, and quinoa. 

 

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TRUTH TALKS ~ SESSION 1

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TRUTH TALKS ~ SESSION 1

TRUTH TALKS ~ SESSION 1

 

" THREE THINGS CANNOT BE LONG HIDDEN:
THE SUN, THE MOON AND THE TRUTH "

BUDDHA





A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of sitting in a beautiful circle of women dedicated to improving their relationship to food and their bodies.



As with most circles of women I have sat in, there was a lot to talk about. Each woman had a chance to share some of her struggles, tell her personal truths, and shed some of her unwanted beliefs about food, health, and body image.



As I listened, shared, and witnessed this circle, I realized that wrapped up in our conversation is a whole lot of talking about what we think we 'should be doing'. Ironically, many of these 'shoulds' contradict each other.



I noticed that many of us had gotten so far from what feels good in our bodies, and replaced our innate intuitive wisdom with many of the most common health myths or 'shoulds'.



We (as a culture) frequently hand over our power to what online health trends and media are telling us to do rather than trusting ourselves and our own unique needs.




We are all looking for answers Sue...




... Answers about how to feel good in our bodies.
... Answers on what is the best thing to have for lunch.
... Answers on how to overcome our cravings.
... Answers on how to be our best selves.  




It can feel complicated.  It can be confusing.  But most of all...it is completely unique and individual.  




I wanted to share with you today a new summer series I created to help with some of this confusion...



 

*WELCOME TO THE TRUTH TALK SESSIONS*



For the next few weeks, join me in a little immersion into some of the ways we can reframe our health and reclaim our power. Together, we will take a deeper look at some of our personal beliefs and some automatic ways we tend to orient around our health.  Truth talks are little nuggets of truth for you tochew on. We will debunk some common health myths and find our way back home to ourselves.


 



TRUTH TALKS ~ SESSION 1:




1.  DON'T GET TO BOXY:  Out there in the world of health, there are quite a few boxes in which you could try to fit. While many of them contain some wisdom, many oppose the others and are just simply too boxy for most of us. One observation I have made about human consciousness is that we like defining ourselves by our boxes. We like being part of something. We like declaring these personal flavors on social media. We like to be known for our chosen box. This seems especially true with the type of EATER we are: Vegetarian, paleo, low carb, gluten free, vegan, ... and even purist, cleanser, or perfectionist.  

TRUTH:  You don't have to pick a box. You don't have to stay in only one box. YOU are not your box (P.S. I know how funny that sounds, but decided to keep it to make you all smile a bit)





2.  YOU ARE NOT DIRTY:  While there are so many great reasons for cleansing, resetting, turning over a new leaf, and giving your body some serious food love, you are not dirty.  Our bodies naturally cleanse themselves regularly and there are some nice little treats we can give ourselves to up the anti a little here and there, if we care to.  While the incredibly trendy cleansing practices can be helpful, be careful not to go overboard.

TRUTH:  Cleanse for the love of it, not because you are dirty.  Cleanse for self-care not for punishment or because you hate your body.  
Cleanse for health, not because your feel icky or disgusted with yourself. Most of all, if you decide to cleanse, cleanse with care.





3.  GLUTEN IS NOT THE ENEMY:  While it is very true that many folks have a hard time digesting gliadin (the gluten protein) and gluten in large amounts is surely inflammatory, a little bit of gluten here and there is not worth hating yourself over. While celiac is totally real (I once met a man who projectile vomited within moments of gluten hitting his tongue) most of us are NOT celiac. Food allergies are a big issue in today's world, but gluten is not the only allergen to consider. I see blood test results every week that show many other foods as the culprits of digestive issues, skin issues, fatigue, brain fog, depression and many other symptoms.

TRUTH:  If you are not celiac or do not notice negative symptoms directly related to eating gluten, a little dose of gluten once in a while won't hurt. 





4.  THERE IS MORE TO HEALTH THAN GREEN JUICE: The green juice trend is rampant here in Boulder. While I am a big fan of a little green juice, green juice is NOT the key to our health or our happiness. Some people find it too bitter. Others, find it too expensive. For many of us, it's just not on our radar.  As you have probably noticed, our culture tends to take things to the extreme. Too much green juice can be hard on our digestion because it is missing all the fiber. In large quantities, green juice can also interact negatively with thyroid issues. While I love me some green juice, it is not the cure all for our health.

TRUTH:   Our health has many, many more important components than green juice:  How we think about ourselves, how we move our body each day, how we sit down and eat our meals, the intention we put into our food and our health, as well as how we sleep each night, and how we relate to others, are much more important aspects on which to focus.  Have a little green juice...or not.  





5.  SELF-LOVE IS NOT A SWITCH:  We hear about self-love everywhere.  We are often simply told to love ourselves more as if it were an on-off switch. While I believe in the practice of self-love immensely, it is a spectrum, a practice, and a life-long journey that is often incredibly complex and messy. Finding acceptance and compassion for ourselves is easy on some days, and almost impossible on others.

TRUTH: Self-love is not a constant, but rather a practice and a fluid expression of ourselves. True self-love is the practice of loving ourselves when we are not doing well, when we trash our clean eating program, or when we binge on potato chips. True self-love is the practice of loving ourselves through a broken heart, exhaustion, or when we miss our daily workout. True self-love is the practice of loving compassion through a hard transition, a change, or even a total failure.  So...be gentle with yourself.  Somedays will be easier than others to LOVE yourself. It's human, it's real.  




Have some thoughts or insights about these truths?  Have some requests for next week? Please comment below.  I love hearing from you!!


With love and peace...


 

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SUMMER SPINACH BISQUE

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SUMMER SPINACH BISQUE

SUMMER SPINACH BISQUE

 

 

This creamy soup is a creative, dairy-free way to get more of this season's delicious green offerings in your diet. It's packed with spinach, broccoli, onion, coconut milk, and potato to produce a smooth, satisfying meal that is bursting with nutrients

 

 

 

 

Nutritional Yeast is a great source of B-12, which is especially important for vegans and vegetarians, and it provides a cheesy, nutty flavor. 

 

 

Dark green vegetables like spinach and broccoli are imperative to any balanced healthy diet. They are both great sources of folate, which is vital for a healthy neurological system, and Vitamin A, to support your skin, eyes, and immunity.

 

 

As an added bonus, the good fats from the coconut milk help by assisting in the absorption of the Vitamin A!  These medium-chain fats are also an excellent source of energy and help to make this recipe extra filling.  Check out the recipe below and get the most out of your summer greens!

 

 

 

 

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TOMATO BASIL ZOODLES

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TOMATO BASIL ZOODLES

TOMATO BASIL ZOODLES

 

 

Did you know that zucchini can make the perfect low-carb substitute for pasta?  These zucchini noodles, or "zoodles", topped with tomato sauce, fresh basil, chickpeas, and goat cheese will make you a veggie pasta believer!  Plus they're really easy and fun to make.  Kids love to help spiralize these, so don't be afraid to get creative with your kiddos in the kitchen.

 

 

 

There is so much delicious produce available this time of year.  Zucchini, in particular, is a great vegetable to take advantage of during the summer season.

 

 

It provides you with Vitamin C to nourish your skin and immune system, along with the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin which have potent anti-aging and eyesight benefits. 

 

 

The chickpeas and goat cheese provide this recipe with an extra boost of fiber and protein.  Fresh basil and tomato sauce bring it all together for a classic, fresh flavor.  Make this a new favorite this summer!

 

Recipe credit to Ailsa Cowell from Food to Feel Good.

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I HAVE NEVER TOLD YOU THIS BEFORE...

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I HAVE NEVER TOLD YOU THIS BEFORE...

" YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A GREAT START, BUT YOU HAVE TO START TO BE GREAT"

ZIG ZIGLAR


 



Not all that long ago, I used to dread mornings.  



It's true...  



A little flashback:  My first child (who is now 20 years old) did not sleep through the night for almost 4 years, just in time for his younger brother to be born. Tack on a couple more years for my second child, and that equals almost 6 years of sleep deprivation.


 

I used to wake up feeling worse than tired. Many, many mornings were wrought with feeling foggy, depleted, depressed, hopeless and I was not sure how I was going to keep going.  A bowl of instant oatmeal or a banana used to be all I could muster up for breakfast, if anything at all.




On my recent trip to visit family and new babies, I was reminded just how hard mornings (and lack of sleep) can be.




While I have many fond memories of babies and toddlers, I also remember the desperation, overwhelm, and exhaustion like it was yesterday.




I am sure if I knew then what I know now, things (maybe) could have been different, but the truth is, I didn't.  I did the best I could at the time for both me and my sleep challenged babies.




Starting off the day feeling this way for so long really impacted my appreciation for sleep and morning rituals.




As my kids grew older, I was able to reclaim my mornings.  I loved to wake up before my children (because they finally slept) to take some alone time for myself.  From there, this gradually grew into my morning rituals, morning practice, and my making time to take care of ME.  




There are many ways to reclaim, revolutionize and power up our mornings. Quiet time to ourselves, yoga, mediation, long walks in nature, journaling, gratitude practices, and setting an intention for the day, just to name a few.  




One VERY important part for me is fueling my body well in the morning. When I do this, I have the energy and balance to handle the busyness of day-to-day living in this often chaotic world.  





SO TODAY I HAVE A GENTLE REMINDER FOR YOU ...

 





OUR 7 DAY GREEN SMOOTHIE CHALLENGE IS STARTING TUESDAY AND I WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO BE THERE.
 


New exciting blends + delicious simple green smoothies to revitalize your mornings just in time for summer.

 


HERE IS WHAT YOU WILL GET:

 

  • 7 days of green smoothie RECIPES delivered to your INBOX each morning.
  • A week long GROCERY LIST to match up with all the green smoothie recipes
  • A loving supportive community to BLEND right along side you.
  • Lots of resources, gentle coaching, and loving support.

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LEAN INTO GREEN

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LEAN INTO GREEN

" MAY THE FOREST BE WITH YOU"





I zipped up my raincoat and sloshed down the long windy driveway that I used to call home. The misty Vancouver rain is so familiar to me, with a gentle cleansing and freshness in the air.  With each step down my favorite forest path, my senses were flooded with childhood memories.



Each time I visit Vancouver, I can hardly wait to take my favorite walk down the rainforest path near my parents' house. The green vital ferns, the thick forest floor covered with moss and the tall, tall trees used to be my place of solace all through my childhood.



I got a little taste of spring in the North West this past weekend where green is like no other green I have seen before.



For me, emerging into spring feels like the most brilliant time of the year. Just like nature, we have more potential energy in the spring than in any other season.  



Walking our own personal path of brilliance comes with connection to our inner wisdom and healing for our bodies and minds. Spring has so many different elements to support us in vibrant living, all we have to do is say YES!

 

  • I am swapping my warming chicken soups for hearty spring salads. 

  • I pulled out my spring sandals for sunny warmer days.

  • I am enjoying early morning walks under the spring sunshine.

  • I finally pumped up that flat tire on my road bike so I am ready to ride for the next few months.

  • I am waking up earlier with the fiery morning sun.

  • Jason and I are planning some fun spring and summer adventures, outdoor concerts and weekend trips to go rafting and hiking.

  • I added even more greens into my morning smoothies, and changed the flavors from warming and spicy to more bitter and cleansing (the primary flavor of spring).



I know you are busy, and I know there are about 10,000 reasons why you can't make the time for yourself. One other truth I know is that this may never change. Many of us live in a pattern of running on empty for years and years, never making our self-care a priority.  



Personally, I am on a mission to give you opportunities to give to yourself with super easy, simple, and do-able ways that fit into your life, no matter how busy you are this spring. I want to support you in matching your inner desires to your outer actions (a task that is not always easy), and filling up your own cup, so to speak...



THAT IS WHY I AM EXCITED TO THIS SHARE WITH YOU ...

 




OUR GREEN SMOOTHIE CHALLENGE IS BACK!!
JOIN US STARTING MAY 30TH FOR THE
7-DAY *FREE* GREEN SMOOTHIE CHALLENGE

 

New exciting blends + delicious simple green smoothies delivered each morning to your inbox.


 

HERE IS WHAT YOU WILL GET:

 

  • 7 days of green smoothie RECIPES delivered to your INBOX each morning.

  • A week long GROCERY LIST to match up with all the green smoothie recipes

  • A loving supportive community to BLEND right along side you.

  • Lots of resources, gentle coaching, and loving support.

 

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SPRING DANDELION PESTO

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SPRING DANDELION PESTO

SPRING DANDELION PESTO

 

Dandelion is one of the most potent cleansing greens during the spring, and how convenient that they are popping up all over the place. Be sure that you know the source and you don’t ingest any pesticides along with your greens. You can also find organic dandelion at the local health food store.

 

 

Dandelion greens are super rich in many nutrients, like calcium, iron, potassium, and Vitamins C, E, and K - among many other impressive compounds.

 

 

The flavonoids in dandelion greens support the removal of toxins from the liver, stimulate bile production to aid in digestion, and also act as a diuretic to cleanse and replenish the kidneys.

 

 

You can add this delicious pesto to anything - soba noodles, zoodles, quinoa, chicken, or even salmon.  Get creative and enjoy this nourishing gift of Spring.

 

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BERRY VANILLA OVERNIGHT OATS

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BERRY VANILLA OVERNIGHT OATS

BERRY VANILLA OVERNIGHT OATS

 

Rolled oats have a wonderful, wholesome flavor and hardy texture.  They provide you with lots of complex carbohydrates, fiber, and even a little protein, so they're sure to satisfy.  Soak them in a bit of almond or coconut milk overnight and you’ll wake up to a delicious, healthy breakfast that is ready to grab-and-go. 

 

 

OATS CONTAIN LOTS OF BENEFICIAL MINERALS, LIKE SELENIUM, A POWERFUL ANTIOXIDANT THAT ALSO PLAYS A REALLY IMPORTANT ROLE IN THYROID HORMONE PRODUCTION.

 

 

Magnesium is another essential mineral found in oats, which is often deficient in the modern diet and vital for hundreds of metabolic reactions throughout the body.  Due to the carbohydrate-rich nature of oats, it’s really important to include some healthy fats with them in order to slow your body’s absorption of these sugars and disperse that energy over a longer period of time.  Almond butter is the perfect way to do that in these overnight oats, adding flavor and heart-healthy mono and poly-unsaturated fats. 

 

 

 

 

Berries are a great topping since they’re overflowing with antioxidants and fiber while adding just the right about of natural sweetness (low glycemic). Blackberries are especially rich in compounds called anthocyanins that have been found to have anticancer and anti-aging effects.

 

Get your recipe for easy Berry Vanilla Overnight Oats and have a happy morning!

 

 

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BLISSFUL ROASTED BEET SALAD

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BLISSFUL ROASTED BEET SALAD

 

BLISSFUL ROASTED GOLDEN BEET SALAD

 

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Golden beets are a tasty, bright, addition to any meal and bring some major nutritional benefits along with them. They are slightly sweeter than red beets with a mellower flavor – not as much of an earthy bite. If you haven’t had them before, it’s definitely worth trying these sunny root vegetables for their delicious taste and satiating texture. They carry various spices well and work in a large variety of recipes, from juices, to stews, to salads.

 

 

Golden beets provide blood nourishing iron and Vitamin C, along with phytonutrients like lycopene, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene.  

 

 

They’ve got some powerful antioxidant properties, helping to slow the process of aging and reduce the effects of stress, pollution, and toxins.  These sweet yellow beets are also a rich source of potassium, making them a super heart friendly food and a nice source of electrolytes. Another bonus, they encourage blood purification and liver detoxification, so they are a stellar addition to any cleansing program.

Here's a recipe for my easy Blissful Roasted Golden Beet Salad. Enjoy!

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SPRING SYNERGY

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SPRING SYNERGY

SPRING SYNERGY

 

The cycles of the seasons harmonize us with the rhythms of nature, reminding us that we are nature. Within these, nature goes through everything on the spectrum – from full bloom to death and decay.

 

The more we feel into the elemental cycles around us, present for all life forms on the planet, the more we can ride the waves and rhythms in ourselves. This knowing is embedded in our true nature, our cellular DNA and our innate animal wisdom.

 

Spring synergy is intuitive when we listen.  Often, in our bustling culture and our busy day-to-day lives we tend to miss these intuitive cues in and around ourselves, but it is never too late to return to the most natural part of our existence.  Following the innate rhythms of the seasons informs our body’s wisdom, our emotional intelligence, and our manifestation of our health and vitality in the world around us.

 

According to Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, each season comes with a unique energetic quality, nourishment, dominant organ,emotion and action. Synchronizing with each season’s expression is like medicine for the body, mind and soul.

 

Let’s take a stroll through the earthly cycle dedicated to SPRING and begin to understand and how spring reflects around us and within us.

 

SPRING

 

Spring is the most healing, creative, and vital season of the year.

 

As we emerge from the winter months, we often feel the urge to cleanse our lives, our bodies, and our beings for an energized renewal.

 

Blooming into spring’s brilliance is a synergy of some important aspects of life.  During spring, ruled by the wood element, our energy and vitality heighten, we wake up from winter’s rest to energize our life force, creativity, and zeal. We clear and cleanse the sacred spaces of our bodies, minds and homes to find a fresh rebirth for ourselves to gain a renewed momentum.

 

Spring points us to where we can clean out and cleanse what is not serving us in our lives.

 

 

 

Energy: Awaken

 

Spring is the time to renew the pleasures that our physical bodies are designed to feel.  Transforming from the quieter more inward season of winter into spring, we may feel a little tired, a little sluggish, and even a little resistant to turning towards the bright new energy of this season. When senses wake up with the beauty of nature blooming all around us, we heighten the pleasure in our bodies and hearts.  Spring is abounding with passion, excitement, inspiration and love.



Nourish: Cleanse

 

As the leafy bitter greens sprout and emerge in our gardens, and the dandelions fill our yards, try finding some ways to cleanse your body and mind with some of spring’s treasures.

At this time of year, we are designed to eat lighter and leafier greens, – spring’s medicinal liver cleansing foods (such as dandelions) that are in full abundance.  The flavor of spring is bitter, which in turn supports the liver in cleansing and strengthening.  Walking through the farmers’ market I love to gather bright green baby arugula, an array of sprouts for my spring salads and colorful tulips to beautify my home and office.

     

Consider:

o   Eating lighter and more bitter foods

o   Growing your own fresh salad spring garden

o   Sprouting seeds such as alfalfa, broccoli, or sunflower in your kitchen with a sprouting jar.

o   Roasting radishes, asparagus, artichokes and spring onions to support your liver and uplift your spirit.

o   Brewing up some dandelion or nettles’ tea to cleanse your body and support any spring allergies or hay fever.

 

 

Organ and Emotion: Liver, Anger and Hope

 

After a long winter’s rest, a time most of us eat heavier foods and perform less physical activity, our bodies often become more sedentary and our livers more stagnant.  The dominant organ of spring is the liver, housing the emotions of anger and resistance.

 

As we begin to attune to spring, we naturally support the liver in cleansing, and releasing the anger and resistance that winter has accumulated.  Once our energy begins to flow more freely, and our bodies and minds become clear and free, we are most often left with the inspiration of hope and renewal for what is ahead.  The blooming flowers and new greenery inspire a renewed attitude and passion.

 

 

Action: Frolic

 

One of the most effective ways to energize our lives in the spring is through daily movement. Practices such as yoga, hiking, and dance can help to awaken the spring within us. Enliven your spirit and uplift your moxie with some inspired movement of your own.

 

I love to take late afternoon walks in the beautiful spring air, sauntering along the creek path near my house where I can behold the array of flowers and trees blooming. Remembering to feel good in our bodies through movement we can savor the sensuality of spring. Enjoying our bodies and the heightened senses that come with spring is one of the most potent ways to elevate our sensuality and pleasure.

 

Spring is an exciting time to start anew, plant our seeds of intention and watch, tend, and nurture them as the season unfolds.

 

 

 

 

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