Thursday, December 17, 2009

My New Favorite Quote

"There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them."
--Vicki Baum

When I read this, it stopped me in my tracks. I love dancing. I usually dance alone in my bedroom. That's when I feel most alive and free. It's my way of fully expressing myself. It is so freeing; so liberating.

I've always loved music, and I've always appreciated dance. I am a huge fan of the show "So You Think You Can Dance." I love seeing those vibrant beings, fully and passionately expressing who they are. It affects me to my core!

I am so grateful to every performing artist in every category. They express themselves and others can see themselves in their work. They inspire everyone to be authentic.

I feel so much appreciation right now! Life is delicious :)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Peacocks and Ladybugs

I have had the immense pleasure of synchronicities involving peacocks and ladybugs for the last few weeks.

First the ladybugs...I was sitting at the dining room table when something caught my attention. It was a ladybug flying around! I walked closer and I saw another one, and another...there must have been about seven or so! I spent about 30 minutes, freeing them one by one. I wondered if their visit had any spiritual significance. I tend to look at everything symbolically, and I always look for the meaning behind everything that I experience. I did a little research online and discovered that:

"The name Ladybug originated in Europe during the Middle Ages, when insects were destroying the crops. Catholic farmers were said to have prayed to the Virgin Mary for help. Soon after, Ladybugs appeared and began eating the pests and saved the crops from destruction. The farmers began to call the Ladybugs “the Beetles of Our Lady” and eventually they were known as Lady Beetles. The Ladybug's red wings are said to represent the Virgin's cloak and the black spots her joys and sorrows." (from montanadreams.net)

This felt significant to me, since I recently had a past life reading done. I was told that I spent time in Mother Mary's presence...

The peacock synchronicities have been amazing and delightful...and persistent! I know that I am a creative being and I can cause things to come into my reality, but that's not what's going on with the peacocks! They just keep showing up! I just keep seeing pictures of them everywhere: on two friend's pages on facebook, on a box of cards at the bookstore; there's even a peacock ornament on my parent's christmas tree!!! (seriously!!) Also, I've been cleaning out my bedroom, and I suddenly felt the need to open my CD drawer. I reached into it and pulled out a CD that I bought in Greece about 4 years ago called "MMM Summer." And yes, there is a peacock feather on the cover...Amazing! These are signs that you just can't ignore.

I looked up their meaning and I discovered the following:

"Beautiful and proud, the Peacock represents the energies of pride, dignity and beauty. The Peacock's distinct feathers have been used by many cultures for healing purposes. The message of the Peacock reminds us of the beauty that always surrounds us."

I've been hiding my beauty and my gifts, and I feel like the message these peacocks are trying to give me is this: spread your gorgeous wings! Show your beauty to the world and inspire them to show theirs! Be proud of who you are. What good is it to hide indoors, with a false sense of security? You are always safe in the arms of the Divine. Trust that! It's time now, to shine.

Wow, so inspiring! I'm so grateful!!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Aligned with Alice...in Wonderland

I went into the garage to get something yesterday, and I saw a book sitting on top of a shelf. It was a 1940 edition of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland." This was a graduation present given to me by my English teacher in high school. I started reading a few pages and soon my mind was filled with delightful images of the classic story, and fond memories of my favorite teacher, Mrs. Chapman.

The next day, I picked up the issue of Glamor magazine that I happened to buy a couple of days before, and in it, there was a quick little note saying that Tim Burton's version of Alice in Wonderland is coming out this Winter! Isn't that amazing? I love being so aligned with the universe. I hadn't seen or thought about this book in years, and all of a sudden, there it is, and Tim Burton's version is coming out in a few months. How cool is life? Oh, and to top it off, I never ever buy magazines! So, it makes it extra special :) And I can't wait to see the movie! I remember watching the version from years ago, so I can't wait to see Tim's version of it...

A Day of New Beginnings

This truly feels like a day of new beginnings for me. I read Lauren Gorgo's post last night and I feel like it saved my sanity! I had experienced three days of...let's just say "water issues." I don't want to go into it because it's over and I've moved on!! Her post was all about cleaning out the old and embracing the new. This was extremely symbolic for what I had experienced in those three days. She also mentioned that the date 10-10 has significance to it. It is a day of new beginnings.

And that's exactly how my day was today! It was fresh and new. I faced a fear at work, and it turned out to be so easy and even enjoyable! (Side note: I'm looking out my window and I just saw two squirrels playing. They even rolled and tumbled! So cute!)

This feels like a time of growth and expansion for me. I'm ready to leave the old familiar world that I've gotten to used to, and move forward into the unknown! It's all really unknown if you think about it...

I'm continually implementing all the things I've been learning. Especially meditating and merging with my Higher Self. This has been the most rewarding, exciting, fulfilling part of my spiritual journey so far. And I feel like it truly is just the beginning.

I'm looking forward to delicious, positive results!

I learned a lot today:

Doing what scares you makes you realize you're stronger than your fears.

Life is very symbolic, and even when things seem disastrous, there is always a gift in that situation, and you can always learn from it.

There is always hope for a new beginning, and there is an abundance of magnificent tools that exist right now, waiting for you to tap into them!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Cure for Loneliness

I had a fantastic evening on Wednesday. I spent it with a group of interesting, kind, loving people! And it was all because of meetup.com! I've known about this website for years, and I would often type in different subjects out of curiosity...but I never actually attended any meetup groups. I had always felt kind of shy and awkward about it.

But this time it was different. I've been going through a reflective stage recently. It's been a great time of learning and growth for me. I've had plenty of peaceful moments of meditation and connection to the Creator. But it was starting to feel lonely.

I have a small circle of close friends, and many of them live kind of far--about an hour away. Some live closer, but their lives are so busy! I've been wanting to make new friends locally...especially with people who are into meditation, the law of attraction, and other spiritual subjects.

I had heard about this particular group from a friend of mine who also does Matrix Energetics. She posted an update about it on her facebook page! It was a Law of Attraction meetup group, and I was instantly intrigued.

I had such a nice evening. It was so great to talk about my favorite subjects with people who speak my language! Of course, I love and value my current friendships, but it's always great to meet new people and share ideas and inspiring stories. It helps you expand and grow in countless ways! And it's the cure for loneliness :)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Reawakened Creativity

The radio in my car has a screen that displays the song title, artist, and radio station. Sometimes, the words will get jumbled up and form new words. For example, instead of saying “Halo” by Beyonce, it will say Hayonce! It makes me laugh.

So, the other day, I was driving and I saw the letters “SARK” on the screen, all in capitals. Many of you may know that SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) is an artist and author of many wonderful books. When I saw her name on the little screen, I fondly remembered her beautiful, colorful work. And it’s funny: she spells her name in capital letters!

When I got home, I checked my email, and I opened up this newsletter I get regularly, but rarely read, and there was an article about SARK! I was struck by the magnificent synchronicity, and I was immediately inspired and excited. I looked at it as a message to pay attention. I also look at synchronicities as a sign of alignment.

I first discovered her work on a street vendor’s table near Washington Square Park in New York City about thirteen years ago. I was so drawn to her work because she uses such bright, happy colors. I bought one of her books shortly after that, but for some reason, as the years went on, I had forgotten about this lovely woman and her uplifting work.

The day after my SARK synchronicity, I went and bought two of her books (I believe she has written about fifteen books at this point) and I was instantly uplifted and inspired. I also listened to an interview she did with the delightful Lisa Grunden, and as I listened, I could feel my life changing. I felt a huge shift when she was talking about her method for procrastination called the Micromovement Method. She makes mundane tasks sound exciting!

SARK’s work is helping me revolutionize my entire life. I have always been a creative soul, but I never gave myself permission to express and enjoy my creativity. I found my sketch pad and watercolor pencils, and I bought some fresh, new art supplies, and I’ve been enjoying my creativity in endless ways!

I’ve been keeping a journal since I was fifteen, and I’ve always used dark blue pens. Not anymore! I bought a bunch of gorgeous, happy, brightly-colored pens, and my journal looks like a never-ending rainbow! I love it!

I find pleasure in these simple, little things. The sheer enjoyment I get from creating beautiful images and using gorgeous colors enriches my life so much. I feel fulfilled when I’m working on a drawing or a painting, and when it’s complete, it feels like a huge accomplishment. I feel closer to my soul. I feel love. I feel so happy when I am creating!

Rediscovering SARK has reawakened my creativity, and I am forever thankful!

Ah, life is good J

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Implementing what you learn...

I've been what you might call a "seeker" since I was about fifteen years old. I always had this undertone of sadness and restlessness going on, and I couldn't figure out what to do about it. I knew there had to be something more to life, but I couldn't seem to get my hands on it.

So my journey into self-help and spirituality began. I started with books by guests on the Oprah show. I figured: she's super successful; let me check out what her and her guests have to say about all this! I think one of the first books I bought was "Ageless Body, Timeless Mind," by Deepak Chopra. I remember seeing him on Oprah, and there was something about him...like he had the answers we were all looking for. I remember going to the mall with my mother that day, and the book was sold out! I eventually got it, but the information pretty much went over my head.

I kept looking for new books, new information. I found Wayne Dyer, Iyanla Vanzant, John Grey, and a bunch of others. I would rush through these books, hoping to find the answers to all my questions, only to be disappointed every time.

I finally realized that I never actually implemented anything I was learning! I was reading these books and hearing the information on an intellectual level, but not utilizing the information or the tools I was being given.

My journey has led me to so many beautiful books and people and gems of wisdom and enlightenment. Some of the people who have been most influential and most helpful to me are: Jerry and Esther Hicks, John Cali, Doreen Virtue, Regina Thomashauer (aka Mama Gena), Richard Bartlett, Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer, Sheila and Marcus Gillette, Sonia Choquette, and Michael Bernard Beckwith. I realized that the books I read early on had paved my way...books by Wayne Dyer and Deepak Chopra. They were all the exact books my Soul needed at that time.

Now I'm actually implementing what I have learned, and the results are remarkable! For example, I wanted to experiment with my manifestation powers. Abraham talks about the 68 second rule for manifestation, which basically states that if you stay purely focused upon any thought for as little as 68 seconds, the vibration becomes powerful enough that the manifestation of it begins. (Found in "Ask and it is Given"). So I chose three things to focus on: rainbows, angels, and Divine Guidance. I put my awareness on these things and matched up my vibrational frequency so that it matched them. And then I forgot about them.

Two days later, in the parking lot at the mall, I saw a young guy wearing a T-shirt with a rainbow on it. And he got my attention because he was running toward his friend, shouting, "Hey, I know you!!" I don't usually see people running and shouting in mall parking lots!

Then on my way home, I noticed a little angel statue in front of a neighbor's house that I pass by every day. Did they just put it there, or was it there this whole time and I just happened to notice it today?

And in terms of Divine Guidance, that same evening, I had what I believe was a true channeling session, during which I experienced automatic writing. I wrote four pages worth of words that seemed to come from a higher place. I always keep a journal, but I don't usually write more than maybe one or two pages in one sitting!

So what I'm saying is this stuff works! But you actually have to use what you're learning. It's so empowering!

Living Joyfully

I've gone through many phases over the years, especially regarding food. I became a vegetarian when I was 17, which lasted for two years. During those two years, I even became a vegan, cutting out all animal products completely. Then I went to Greece to visit my cousins, and my senses were overtaken by the magnificent feast of homemade Greek food, prepared by one of my beautiful cousins, which included lots of meat and dairy! I couldn't resist. Everything was so fresh and delicious. It made me rethink my food restrictions.

Since that trip to Greece, I've gone back and forth between being a vegatarian and not...I've even tried being 100% raw vegan for a while, but I just couldn't keep it up!

Now, I eat in a much more intuitive way. I enjoy fresh vegetables and fruits...salads, raw honey, raw tahini, raw cacao powder...and all the many wonders of the raw food world...but I also allow myself to have some fresh tira misu (only the best, from Whole Foods Market!), or some baked cod fish, or some other kind of dairy or meat. And in small portions...I realized overdoing anything causes an imbalance.

I realized that the one thing that remains constant in my life is my connection with Spirit. I've always been drawn to all things spiritual: books about angels, meditation, connecting with nature...I've been on this search for meaning and fulfillment since I was about fifteen years old. I feel like in the last three years, I have grown and learned so much!

And in the last few months, I feel major shifts going on. One of the major things I've learned recently is that our lives are meant to be joyful. We can learn through struggle, but it's not necessary! There are some really beautiful articles about being joyful on John Cali's website: greatwesternpublishing.org

So now, my main intent is to focus on how I can life my life in a more joyful way. And when I'm not feeling joyful at all, I can steadily make steps in the direction of joy, and gently bring myself there.

Lots of love and blessings, all-ways!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Spinach Basil Guacamole Goodness!!!

I just threw together the most amazingly delicious guacamole-ish dip ever! I was really hungry and I wanted something quick...and I ended up with this deliciousness :)

Here are the ingredients:

1 avocado
1 handful of spinach
1 handful of fresh basil
juice from 1/2 lemon
1 handful of sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 of a small tomato
2 soaked dates
1 Tbsp olive oil

I threw everything into the food processor, and then I put a scoop on top of sliced yellow summer squash...Deliciousness!!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Kale Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing...wow!















I recently discovered Raw Chef Russell James from the UK. He is a genius, and his recipes are remarkable, enticing, gorgeous, and delicious!

I'm really into superfoods and densely nutritious foods, and I've been looking for ways to add more greens to my diet. Then I found Russell's recipe. I changed it around a little bit. For the original recipe, check out his marvelous website: therawchefblog.com and type "wilted kale salad" in the search box.

Here's what I used:

1 head of kale (organic)
sea salt (about 1 teaspoon)

Sprinkle the salt all over the kale, and massage it in until the kale becomes "wilted."

For the dressing:
1 avocado
olive oil
agave nectar
lemon juice
a pinch of cayenne

Add tomatoes and hemp seeds on top...YUM!

I also had a little bit of extra raw cashew hummus, and I threw in a little tahini...green heaven!

It's so delicious and so healthy! Yay :)

Monday, April 27, 2009

The Beauty of Simplicity!















The thought of simplicity sounded so wonderful to me that I decided to embrace it and give it a try. I decluttered the top of my desk, and I decided to prepare a really simple dinner. I made this really wonderful hummus with cashews.

Here are the simple ingredients:

Cashews (raw, organic)
Tahini
Fresh lemon juice
Olive oil
A tiny bit of water

I then grabbed a handful of baby spinach and a small piece of zuchini. I peeled the zuchini and sliced it up with the vegetable peeler to make little slices. I then put the delightful hummus on top, and sprinkled some avocado slices on top...so simple and in my opinion, magnificent! I drizzled just a little bit more lemon juice and olive oil and...YUM!!!

Eating and living simply

I noticed that I've been getting caught up in trying to make theses elaborate raw gourmet meals. I see all these amazing raw recipe books, and the pictures are gorgeous and appetizing...

But I don't think my body is reacting well to it these days! Like yesterday, I had a raw pizza (which I bought) with this weird guacamole that I threw together, topped with marinated mushrooms. There must have been about 25 different ingredients! That's a lot for my body to deal with! I felt a bit bloated, heavy, and restless.

I feel like my body is crying out for simple meals, with just three or four ingredients, like a simple tomato salad with basil, lemon juice, and olive oil. Or a breakfast that consists of an apple and a mango. Or a simple snack of sliced avocado and tomato, with some sea salt and olive oil...that sounds good :)

I realized that I usually complicate things in general, and I'm even doing it with my food!

I think this week I'll simplify.

Raw Chocolate Pudding...sort of :)

On Saturday, I went to Chef Adam Sobel's Raw foods class and it was such a wonderful experience! I learned a lot and it was very inspiring.

I bought a cup of Adam's Live Chocolate Pudding...it was divine! I felt like my soul was being nourished! Every single spoonful was utterly delightful.

I searched online and in my raw recipe books for a recipe, and I found so many. This morning, I tried to recreate it and it came out really gross! I was so disappointed and I couldn't imagine wasting all those amazing ingredients (including avocado, raw cacao powder, raw honey, etc) I looked in the fridge and I remembered I bought organic strawberries the other day. So I put some in my mini food processor, and I also threw in some frozen blueberries, and mixed it all together, and it turned out to be delicious!

So here's the recipe:

1/2 an avocado
3/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup raw cacao powder (I used a blend of cacao, maca, and hemp)
1 T almond butter
1 T raw honey
a small handful of cashews
6 organic strawberries
2 T frozen blueberries
1 tsp raw cacao nibs

It's fun to experiment and try new things! I'm learning it's ok to adapt and rearrange the recipes I find :) Next time I'm going to try it with out the almond butter, and maybe I'll just use cacao powder by itself, instead of the blend. I also want to try agave nectar, and David Wolfe talks about yukon root syrup and that sounds interesting!

Happy experimenting!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Refreshing, Delightful, Easy lunch!



I threw a bunch of lovely ingredients into the food processor, and I'm not even sure what to call it...but it's good! It has the consistency of tuna salad, but the flavor of salsa.

Baby spinach
some sun dried tomatoes
1 fresh tomato
3 small carrots
Celery
lemon juice

On top, I chopped up some avocado and sprinkled some tahini and olive oil.

I also made "french fries!" I chopped up a jicama into sticks that look like french fries, and I sprinkled lemon juice, olive oil, and vinegar on top...delightful! (I got the idea from a video clip of Alissa Cohen on this Boston news show!)

This is so simple, quick, fresh, nutritious, and absolutely delicious!

Yay!

Refreshing Yummy Mango Green Smoothie!

I made an awesome green smoothie today!

Here is the recipe:

3 collard leaves
1 handful of Basil
Romaine leaves
1 Mango
Mango-flavored coconut water
1 kiwi
1 apple
some water

Delightful!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Spinach-Guacamole on Romaine leaves with Marinated Portabella Mushrooms...

I just made the most amazing meal: Spinach-Avocado Guacamole on romaine leaves with marinated portabella mushrooms! I was completely inspired by Alissa Cohen's DVD. She made this really fast and easy guacamole, so I decided to whip up something similar!

For the guacamole:

4 or 5 handfuls of baby spinach
1/2 an avocado
1 handful sun dried tomatoes
1 carrot
fresh lemon juice
fresh basil
a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper

For the marinated mushrooms:

2 large portabella caps
vinegar, oil, and less than 1 tsp of maple syrup

I chopped the mushrooms and marinated them for only about 20 minutes, simply because it was a spur of the moment thing! They can be marinated for up to 2 days. (I adapted the recipe for the marinade from Natalia Rose's book, The Raw Food Detox Diet.)

I put the guacamole onto the romaine leaves and topped them off with the mushrooms...Absolutely delicious!!!

It was so easy to make, it didn't take that much time, and it came out sooo good!

Blessings...

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Pizza that turned into a Bruschetta!

Since discovering my allergy to gluten, I've been experimenting in the kitchen with other options. I decided to try making a pizza with gluten-free dough.

I didn't read the instructions, and I ended up making a mess! It was a fun mess, though. While the pizza crust was baking, I was making the sauce and toppings.

Since I didn't read the instructions, the crust was way too thick. It was crispy on the outside and really mushy and doughy on the inside. My mom saw what was going on. She had a brilliant idea: to trim the crispy part off, and then put the crust back in the oven.

It was a great idea. We then took the pieces we trimmed off and decided to use them as pita crisps!

So here's my recipe for what I call "Abstract Bruschetta."

For the marinara sauce, that turned out to be bruschetta:*

3 tomatoes
1 handful of sundried tomatoes (dry)
1 carrot
1 handful of basil leaves
1 pinch of parsley (or a handful of fresh parsley)
1 handful of fresh spinach
1 or 2 Tablespoons of olive oil

Put everything into a food processor and blend until it's a nice, slightly chunky consistency.

(*This sauce is NOT cooked. The ingredients are all raw...and delicious!)

For the toppings, I used sauteed broccoli, sauteed portabello mushrooms, kalamata olives, and feta cheese. (You can use raw broccoli, and perhaps marinate the mushrooms if you don't like them raw.)

I then took the lovely, abstract pita crisps, and piled on the bruschetta, and the other toppings. I also drizzled some olive oil and a little bit of sea salt on top. It was absolutely delicious and refreshing...and totally satisfying!

For the pita crisps...next time I'm going to take the dough, and spread it into really thin layers on a pan, and see what happens!

This is a great transition food for someone who is trying to transition into a raw or living foods lifestyle. An alternative for the dough would be...maybe putting the bruschetta onto romaine leaves, or cabbage leaves, or another hearty green, leafy vegetable. Many raw foodists like to use a dehydrator, so you can make a raw-version of pita crisps, or even crackers, using nuts and seeds, instead of the pizza dough. I'm going to try that when I get a dehydrator! There are tons of great recipes available online and in the endless "un-cook books" out there :)

To me, this is the perfect example of when you plan something and you end up doing something completely different, and the end result ends up being a million times better than what you originally planned!

Experimenting in the kitchen is fun! I didn't realize how creative I could be with food! And I'm really good at it :)

Lots of love and blessings...

The reality of this food allergy

I had some ginger sauce the other day, and I didn't realize it contained soy sauce; a double-whammy for me, since I'm allergic to soy and wheat (there is wheat in soy sauce).

It hit me right away. I started feeling really dehydrated, and I felt like I could drink a gallon of water right there! When I went to bed, I couldn't fall asleep. My thoughts were racing and I couldn't relax. My body was aching, and I was restless. My nose was getting congested, too.

I basically didn't really sleep that night. At 5 am, I was still tossing and turning. I finally fell asleep at some point, because I woke up with the memory of some weird dreams!

The next day, I had a delicious green smoothie, and drank lots of water, which made me feel like I was detoxing.

This experience made me realize that this food allergy is real. It's not just in my mind. And I never want to do this to my body ever again!

I'm more committed to my health now, more than ever. I realize how my body is affected by what I eat. I want to treat my body well and nourish it with the best food possible!

Love and blessings...

My Second Smoothie!

I made my second smoothie today, which was really a variation on the first one. All the ingredients were the same except: I used 3 kale leaves and 3 collard leaves, instead of the handfuls of romaine and spinach. I also added a starfruit, and I used a lot more lemon juice. I read somewhere that lemon juice cuts down the bitterness of the greens.

It was still kind of bitter, but I enjoyed it! Next time, I'm going to use either one or two types of greens, instead of three!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

My First Green Smoothie!


I made my first Green Smoothie today! It took forever, and I made a mess...but it was fun!

Here's what I used:

A handful of spinach*
A handful of romaine leaves
A handful of basil leaves
3 small stalks of celery
One apple
One pear
About 5 inches of an Aloe leaf*
About 5 squirts of lemon
A cup of water*

*You can alternate and use all different kinds of greens, including kale, red leaf lettuce, collards, chard...endless possibilities!

*This was my first time working with a fresh Aloe leaf. It was messy and slimy, but now I know how to work with it. I did a search on youtoube, which was helpful.

*Instead of plain water, you might want to try coconut water, cucumber juice, or any other liquid you feel inspired to use!

I used organic apples and pears, so I washed them and left the skin on.

The lemon juice gives it a really refreshing and exciting flavor.

This quantity is about 2 servings (2 large glasses), which is good if you're busy. Just keep it in an airtight container in the fridge :)

It's so delicious and so good for you in so many ways...

Saturday, April 4, 2009

I feel so alive!

It's amazing: the more I'm eating fresh, live foods, the more the world seems to come alive! Music sounds better, colors seem brighter, and of course, food tastes better! I went to the bookstore today, and things just felt different. I sat down to skim through some interesting books, and this little girl came right over to me and said hello, and started showing me her book! People were randomly making eye contact with me, too, which was interesting to me...

I'm not obsessing about food anymore. Now, I'm excited about it, and I'm more focused on other things like my major life goals. Also, my old physical symptoms are starting to disappear: digestion issues, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, depression...it's miraculous, and I'm so thankful!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Phone Call that Changed My Life

I love when people follow their bliss because it leads me to my bliss and the bliss just continues! Christina Merkley is a Life Coach who decided to follow her bliss and have Sheila and Marcus Gilette on her radio show.

I had the privilege and honor of calling in and asking a question, which has led me to some major improvements in my life. And it’s only been ten days! I can just imagine how many more wonderful changes are going to take place in the upcoming weeks and months.

I asked about the depression that keeps coming up in my life. I was told I have a hypersensitivity to gluten, and other allergens including dairy and sugar, and that the depression was physiological. All this time, I thought it was because of some unresolved issues from my past!

I immediately started avoiding these foods, and I noticed a difference right away. Suddenly, I had energy. I wasn’t tired. I wanted to do things and go places! I also noticed how much my body was craving fresh, live foods. I started doing research online for gluten-free books and recipes, and I found lots of great information.

I went to the health food store for some gluten-free snacks, and as I was waiting in line, a book caught my attention. It was a book by Victoria Boutenko, an author I was familiar with. I went to see Victoria live at a Health Expo about 4 or 5 years ago. I remember her talking about how her family suffered with major health problems, which all went away after they began eating fresh, raw foods.

My interest in the raw food movement (and nutrition in general) was reignited. I’ve been interested in this idea for years, but I’ve lacked the support and motivation to actually go for it. Now I’m excited and grateful for the abundance of information on raw foods on the internet. There are meet-up groups you can join, tons of free recipes, extremely informative websites and discussion boards…it’s amazing!

I am so excited and enthusiastic about this new discovery because I am already noticing a difference in the way I feel physically and emotionally. It’s a great feeling to treat my body well and I’m starting to really love myself in every way!

I have started this new endeavor with what I feel is the perfect book. It’s called “The Raw Food Detox Diet” by Natalia Rose. It’s perfect because it is not rigid or limiting in any way. It is filled with tons of valuable information and wonderful recipes.

I'm so glad I made that call, and I'm so grateful for this new phase of my life. I truly hope this will inspire some of you to make some positive changes!

Lots of love and blessings!

For more information on Sheila and Marcus Gilette, check out asktheo.com
For more information on Christina Merkley, check out shift-it-coach.com