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Self Care Exercise

Note:  This is an exercise from the Self Care Project over at Deepening Wisdom.  We have over 120 women committed to the daily exercises of the New Year Self Care Challenge.  You can join anytime!

Today’s exercise is a contribution from nutritional counselor and healer, Sharon Rosen.

Eat.

Now you get to love your body by eating — yay! But it’s not about gorging or indulging or “treating” yourself. It is about feasting in a very specific way on one individual piece of food, so you can enter into a true relationship with it on every level.tangerines

How often do you fully experience every nuance of what you are eating as you are eating it?

Your task:   While you can bring mindful awareness to any meal, for this exercise you’re going to do it with a single piece of fruit.

  • First, take the fruit you have chosen and hold it in your hand. Feel the weight of it, the texture of the skin, the shape of its contours.
  • Then look at this piece of fruit; really see the gradations of color and size, examining the stem end that was once connected to a tree.
  • Next bring it to your nose and inhale its fragrance.
  • Is it a fruit you can simply bite into or does it need to be peeled? When you take that first bite, bring all of your awareness to the activity and stop at one.
  • Feel the texture of what has just come into your mouth — let the juiciness and flavor play on your tongue and palate. Chew slowly and thoroughly, until the texture becomes something different. Wait until you have gotten all you can from that one bite before swallowing and moving on to the next.
  • Take each bite as if it is the first…breathe and enjoy engaging fully with this ripe, delicious, life-giving piece of fruit. Experience it as it goes from your mouth down your esophagus and into your stomach. Envision it sending vitality and nourishment to all of your cells. Enjoy every delicious nuance!

Step it up:  If you already do this exercise every day, call me!  If you really enjoy it try it again.  Bring mindful awareness to other meals throughout the day.

What was this like for you?  Which fruit did you smell/taste/experience?  What did you notice?

xo

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Springtime Holistic Healing

Spring is here!  Change, growth and transformation is happening all around.  Aliveness.

So how about you?

Are you allowing yourself to enter into the energy and vitality of this season?

What is lying dormant that’s ready to spring forth?aiveness

What wisdom is wanting to emerge in the world?

What color are you blooming?

What shape are the petals?

How deep are the roots?

Are you twisty like a vine, reaching ever upwards?

Thorny with a tough bark with vibrant petals?

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Let me be clear, it’s not about more striving or making a better plan.

It’s not about self-improvement.

It’s about pausing, going deeper, listening to what’s being called forth.

What’s asking for attention?  What would really make you happy(er)?  What helps you feel alive?

Have no idea?  That’s good!  Even more of an indication that checking in with the wisdom of your heart, your body, your spirit, your higher self is what’s necessary.

Loosen the hard earth, water the roots,  tend to the saplings, remove the weeds, examine the richness of the soil…

It is scary stuff and  infinitely more satisfying than going forward blindly, unconsciously or asleep, I promise.

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Simplicity & Beauty

Here is another great article from my dear friend Sharon @ Heart of Self Care

 

Honoring The History of Beauty

Yesterday I spent a couple of hours in New York’s Museum of Natural History, something I haven’t done in decades. Much of the time I was looking at artifacts from Central and South America, tribes of people I’d never heard of and places I barely recalled from the history books of my school days.

One thing struck me over and over again – no matter how ‘primitive’ the people were, no matter how rudimentary their tools, I witnessed an inherent drive to create objects of beauty. Bowls, spoons and ritual items were clearly designed for pleasure as well as usefulness. It was almost overwhelming how intensely this desire for beauty shone.

The Clash of Beauty and Kitsch

Plastic Santas…excesses of red, green and gold…some inflatable menorahs and blue and silver tinsel to make the Jews feel included…the annual spree of glitter and excess is here!   While the human drive for beauty exists in all of us, it is overdone to the point of insanity at this time of year. For many, the holidays have become something ugly rather than beautiful, and the noisier it gets out there the more we crave quiet and simplicity.   Where do you find simple beauty in this onslaught? Is it a white bowl filled with bright orange clementines set on an empty table? A fresh bough of blue spruce lining a shelf or mantelpiece? Or maybe a single string of lights around a doorway and a grouping of candles on the coffee table to offer brightness on these dark days.   A Celebration of Instinct The desire to pull in, be quiet and keep things simple competes head-on with the push for gaiety and communal celebration in this last month of the year. Here are a few ideas for honoring the hibernation gene, which is alive in us as it was in our ancestors, and resides side-by-side with the beauty gene:

1) Overrun with magazines and catalogs? Cut images and words you find attractive and meaningful to create a collage before tossing the rest. If there is something you’ve been struggling with or worrying about, meditate on that first and see if you can intuitively create a piece that points towards resolution or offers hope and inspiration.

2) Invite a partner, friend or child to sit with you on the couch and give each other foot rubs. Gather some towels, your favorite lotion (usually better than oil for feet, they will gratefully soak up the moisture) and get some soothing music going before you start. Use the time to relax quietly together or share stories and giggles.

3) Gather a few friends for an early evening potluck, perhaps with a specific theme such as favorite family casseroles, seasonal recipes of root vegetables and savory soups, or an ethnic cuisine of your choice. Ask everyone to make enough so people can bring some home and enjoy another evening of lovingly prepared food – a real gift when they’re too busy or tired to think about cooking.  

Tidings of Comfort and Joy

Most of all, allow yourself to honor your needs, whatever they may be. If filling your weeks with parties and glitter is what honestly feeds your soul, put on your party shoes and go! But if the quieter pleasures and simpler beauties nourish you, listen to that inner wisdom — socialize with consciousness and deliberation, and enjoy the solace of quiet warmth when the comforts of home beckon.   I leave you with this quote from Rumi: “You must have shadow and light source both, Listen, and lay your head under the tree of awe.”

 

In peace and awe of human creativity,

Sharon~*

When Zero Becomes Something…

I am so excited to share this article on the blog because it infuses practical cooking tips with spirituality and mindfulness.  It is written by my teacher, healer and friend Sharon Rosen.  You can check out Sharon’s business, The Heart of Self-Care here.

Keep on the lookout for me to share some “Zero Based” recipes of my own.  What is your favorite “concoction“?

When Zero Becomes Something Instead Of Nothing
You know how it goes — it’s time to start thinking about dinner and you didn’t have time to stop at the store. Or you’re cleaning out the fridge and finding some pretty scary things, not to mention feeling guilty about having to throw those once lovely, now listless asparagus spears in the garbage.
I was once a true offender in food lunacy. I couldn’t resist the allure of beautiful piles of red bell peppers, sweet bi-color corn and crisp arugula at the farmer’s market, or the firm translucent array of fish at my local shop. I’d be seduced into buying all of it, certain I’d be psyched for doing lots of cooking over the next few days, then find myself with limp, unappealing (or worse) veggies a few weeks later.
While stuff was sitting forgotten or neglected in the back of the fridge, I’d be on to the next round of shopping and craving fresh, new foods, giving me more scary things to sort through when it came time to make room for more. And on it went until my partner introduced me to the concept of Zero Based Eating, which I’d practiced from time to time but has now become a household mantra.
Subtraction Becomes Addition
A container of leftover brown rice. A carrot. An onion. A can of black beans. Doesn’t sound too promising, does it? But saute that carrot and onion in some light oil, season with cumin, garlic (or garlic powder), coriander and cayenne, then add the rice and beans and mix till heated through and all is well mixed, and you have Mexican Confetti Rice. (Or, as we say in our house, a Mexicoction.) If there’s a little bit of cheese you can melt on top or some salsa you can spoon over it, even better.
It takes some proverbial thinking outside the box — especially if it’s a box of macaroni and cheese or Hamburger Helper or something equally processed — but some of the best meals can be made with little bits of leftovers and forgotten pantry items.
If you stop to think about some of the most comforting and appealing meals you’ve had, I’ll bet they were also fairly simple and accessible — toast spread with peanut butter and a cup of tea, or leftover mashed potatoes and vegetables. (Did you even bother heating them up?)
We get a little kooky with food, especially at dinner time when we feel so rushed and yet want to create something substantial and nurturing. It seems quicker and easier to pick up a pizza or some other take out food, especially with all that is abundantly available.
But we pay the price for this “ease” in so many ways — with our pocketbooks, with our need to relieve ourselves of the packaging, with extra salt, sugar, fat and additives we don’t need, and with less of a real connection to what we are putting into our bodies. Zero Based Eating is good for your budget, good for the environment, good for your body, and good for your conscience.
Start Playing With Your Food
It can be just as easy to develop your own Zero Based mindset. Start planning to make extra rice or mashed potatoes to have around as a launching point. It’s good to have cans of beans and tomatoes on hand, and you can almost always scrounge up some onion, garlic and basic veggies like carrots or that little bit of asparagus that didn’t fit in the pan the first time around.
What are some of your favorite flavor profiles? The concoction, er, recipe above could also have been made with ginger, garlic, soy sauce and sesame oil to create a Chinese inspired dish. When I’m wanting a lighter, more European flair I go with white wine, tarragon and maybe some Dijon mustard sweetened with a touch of honey.
Just a few weeks ago, tired and feeling like there was “nothing in the house for dinner,” I took a deep breath, took stock of what we had, and created a meal that would have been at home in our favorite local Italian restaurant. A couple of links of turkey sausage were unearthed from the freezer and sauteed with a bit of broccoli rabe, broccoli, carrot, onion, garlic and herbs.
Too lazy to even make pasta, I heated up some leftover mashed potatoes and spooned the mixture over that, creating the ultimate Zero Based comfort meal. It couldn’t have better if I’d planned it and made a special run to the supermarket. It just took looking at what I had with eyes of abundance rather than lack, and creating something wonderful out of a lot of little nothings.
Till next time, take good care…
Warm wishes,

Dr. Randolph Stone’s Liver Flush And Purifying Diet

Dr. Randolph Stone’s Liver Flush And Purfying Diet*

The Liver Flush which should be done for 10-14 days in a row.

* You should first consult your health care practitioner before starting this, or any, diet.  This is not appropriate if you are pregnant, nursing or taking medications.

First thing in the morning:

  • 2 -3 Tbsp. pure, cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil, almond oil or sesame oil.
  • 4-6 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon, or lime juice
  • Juice of one grapefruit or 1-2 oranges
  • 1-3 cloves of crushed fresh garlic
  • A pinch of cayenne powder if desired

Blend all of the above together (a blender makes it creamy and smooth) and drink.

Rid mouth of garlic taste – chew seeds of citrus fruit well or chew parsley or fresh mint leaves, cardamom, or cloves.

Follow immediately with 1-2 cups of hot tea made with:

4 tsp of Dr. Stone Herbal Mixture and ½ finger (about one eighth inch) of fresh organic ginger root sliced into 6-7 pieces

Heat 1½ pints of water with ginger root in it to boiling. Boil for 3 minutes

Pour over herbal mixture and let steep for 10-15 minutes

Drink hot without honey for the morning cups

NOTE: You can make your own herbal mixture with the following ingredients: One Tbsp. each of fenugreek, fennel, flax seed, comfrey, and peppermint leaf.

NO sweeteners for at least two hours after the flush. Then you may drink as many cups of the tea during the day as possible, with honey if desired.

1-2 hours later: Have some fresh citrus (oranges or grapefruit or their juice) or some fresh vegetable juice (mixture of carrot, cabbage, celery, beet, etc.); or you may breakfast on fresh fruit (apples, pears, apricots, grapes, etc.)

Mid-morning: If hungry, drink fresh vegetable or fruit juice or eat a grapefruit.

Lunch: Fruit or vegetable salad and/or steamed or baked vegetable. Sprouts are good.

From lunch-time on: Eat plentifully of leafy green and other vegetables, such as lettuce, carrots, squash, spinach, onion, leeks, celery, broccoli, cabbage, turnips, cauliflower, string beans, radishes, cucumbers, beets and their tops. You may also eat fruits such as apples, pears, grapes, peaches, prunes, figs, raisins, fresh berries. You should eat all of these in raw form as much as possible, but may also steam and bake them or make soup. Do not fry. Moderate amounts of raw nuts, preferably almonds, may be eaten if desired.

Black pepper freshly ground may be added to cabbage, turnips, etc. to prevent gas.

A mucus-free all vegan diet during the 14 days of The Liver Flush is advised.

Do Not Eat: meat, fish, chicken, eggs, starches (potatoes, rice, bread, pasta, cereal, corn), sugar (honey or maple syrup are all right but stevia or xylitol are better), milk or milk products, coffee, regular tea, alcohol, drugs. . . not even aspirin.

Mid-afternoon: Fruit or sprout snack. A few raw almonds or walnuts.

Dinner: Same as lunch.

After dinner: Only liquids – no solid food.

Note: Do not use aluminum cookware or utensils.

To come off diet: Eat little, avoid cheese, take soup, fruit juice and a little grain

Click here for vegan recipes appropriate for this cleanse.

New Year’s Cleanse

Happy New Year to everyone.  It has been both a challenging and rewarding year for me and I am hoping to make room for more love, acceptance and peace in my life– a cleansing, so to speak, of what does not serve or sustain me.  Since there is a long list of positive changes I’d like to make for 2009 (and building upon lessons learned in 2008 ) I decided to start with a cleansing of my body.

I don’t normally diet…Yes, I’ve done Weight Watchers (a couple of times) but counting points is not practical in my life right now (hmmm, but maybe if I get that iPhone that I’ve been thinking about, oh never mind!). I am compelled to do this cleansing diet (after a long while of talking about it), not because I want to lose weight (though that would definitely not hurt), but because I know that the simple carbohydrates and sugar I consume is too much. I am motivated by wanting my skin to clear up (perhaps vain, but so what?), wanting to not feel so sluggish and, most importantly, to be sure I am getting the nutrients I need to remain in good health.

So, I am sharing this cleanse, a few recipes, and some of my comments in the hopes that some of you will join me. I’ve been told that this cleanse has helped people quit smoking, make major lifestyle changes, and start on a path to better health. I will not claim that this will be anything more to me than a way to be a little more conscious of what I eat, a little less reliant to bread and sweets to give me energy, and a little less addicted to dark chocolate (okay, so that last one is a lie, i’m just not ready).

I am starting my third day of the fast and am hoping to update you with stories of awakening and bliss…For now though, I am a bit cranky and headachy– toughing it out with the hopes that I’ll feel better soon.  (I’m thinking maybe I should have eased my way into this instead of saying “Oh, I’ll have this last cookie since I’ll be cleansing on Monday.” Now, I fear, the crash is harder…)

Note: You should first consult your health care practitioner before starting this, or any, diet.  This is not appropriate if you are pregnant, nursing or taking medications.

click here for Dr. Randolph Stone’s Liver Flush And Purfying Diet

Click here for vegan recipes appropriate for this cleanse.

Check back in for more recipes and notes on my progress.

– Eloiza

Vegan Recipes for Dr. Stone’s Cleanse

These recipes are appropriate to consume during Dr. Stones Liver Flush and Purifying Diet.

Winter Salad Recipe (modified from original)

  • 1/4- 1/3 lb. mixed baby greens
  • 1 apple (I like Honey Crisp)
  • 1/3 c. dried cherries (or cranberries)
  • 1/3 c. raw slivered almonds (or raw walnuts)
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil

Baked Butternut or Acorn Squash

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Cut squash in half
  • Place squash with skin sides up in a pan filled with a ¼ inch of water (the squash should not be covered—there should be just enough water in pan so it doesn’t stick or burn)
  • Put in oven for 30 minutes (or until tender)
  • Drizzle with olive oil
  • Add fresh black pepper and sea salt (sparingly)
  • Enjoy!

Butternut Soup

  • 1 Butternut Squash Cut in pieces
  • 5 Carrots cut in chunks
  • 1 cored Apple
  • ½ yellow onion
  • 1-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger (or more to taste)

Place ingredients in a large pot (no need to peel veggies)

Fill pot with water and bring to boil on high heat

Cook ingredients until tender and remove from heat

Once cool enough, peel the squash, garlic onion and apple from their skins (do not discard the water)

Place all ingredients (including carrots) in blender and puree

In large pot, mix water and pureed mixture together

Add fresh black pepper, ½ teaspoon of cumin or nutmeg and some of your favorite salt-free spice mixture (I added Frontier’s brand Adobo)

 

Guacamole Recipe

This recipe is so easy and delicious.

Cut avocados in half. Remove skin and pits. Mash with fork until smooth. Add sofrito and mix well.  Squeeze on the lime juice and stir.  Add salt.  Enjoy!

  • 2 ripe medium  avocados
  • sea salt (to taste)
  • juice of 1 1/2  limes (or lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon sofrito

 


xoxo Eloiza