Thursday, December 17, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
"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
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
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
Friday, May 8, 2009
Here are the ingredients:
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
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:
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 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.
Cashews (raw, organic)
Fresh lemon juice
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!!!
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.
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!
Friday, April 24, 2009
some sun dried tomatoes
1 fresh tomato
3 small carrots
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!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
For the guacamole:
4 or 5 handfuls of baby spinach
1/2 an avocado
1 handful sun dried tomatoes
fresh lemon juice
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!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
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:*
1 handful of sundried tomatoes (dry)
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...
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...
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
Here's what I used:
A handful of spinach*
A handful of romaine leaves
A handful of basil leaves
3 small stalks of celery
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'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
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!
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