Friday, January 7, 2011

Resolution vs Intention

I used to create resolutions at the beginning of the year, but never really seemed to stick with it for a few reasons.  Either it was too bold and not easily attainable or I simply didn't have behind me the true wanting to accomplish what I set out simply because creating a New Year's resolution is what you're supposed to do.

I prefer to set intentions.  Maybe the same thing to some, but to me intention has a different feel to it. My intention this year is To live in faith and trust.  And my theme is Success.  For me this means no matter what comes my way I know it will be for my highest good and will bring me forward in my growth in all areas of my life - physical, spiritual, emotional.

If your resolution is to lose weight, quit smoking, have less stress, exercise, get a better job, get out of debt, improve relationships, etc.  Will you consider creating a theme and intention to live by and take some pressure off yourself?  What about a theme of health and intention to respect and love your body exactly the way it is now?  Or a theme of love and intention to live with an open heart?  Or a theme of joy and intention to live this year in happiness?

Imagine what you could call into your life without boundaries of resolving to fix something.
 
What theme calls to you?  What intention feels right for what you want to feel in your life?

Wishing you much love, health, happiness, joy, abundance, passion, liberation, and more beyond what you have ever wished and wanted for in your life!

Friday, December 3, 2010

More Love for Cilantro!


Free radicals are everywhere - in the water we drink, food we eat, and in the air we breathe. The main defense to free radicals (coming from pollution, x-rays, radiation, chemicals, heavy metals) are antioxidants.  Cilantro leaves are rich in calcium, iron, carotenes, and vitamin C, which it happens are great antioxidants.  A Japanese investigator, Yoshiaki Omura, has made the revolutionary discovery that cilantro can mobilize mercury and other toxic metals from the central nervous system if large enough amounts are consumed daily. Reuters reports that cilantro contains a chemical which has been found to kill the Salmonella bacteria that cause foodborne illness.

The heavy metal detox capabilities of cilantro should also make it of great use in the treatment of depression, Alzheimer's disease, lack of concentration and other related disorders.  In other words, this herb can apparently help to keep you happy, focused, and sane!  

See below for one of my favorite smoothie recipes. 

Smoooothies! Gotta love cilantro

My girlfriend bought herself an early Christmas gift - a Vitamix!  It's an amazingly powerful blender and fantastic for quickly blending up greens into a smoothie.  I'll be sharing with her some of my favorite recipes; I've shared this with other friends and they love it too!  I got it from Sarma - the owner of Pure Food and Wine in NYC (awesome raw food restaurant).  Leave a message if you try it.  

Sarma's Cilantro Shake:

  • Pink Grapefruit
  • Cucumber
  • Cilantro
  • Lime
  • Pineapple
  • Agave Nectar or stevia
  • Vanilla Extract
  • BIG pinch of Cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
Directions
In a blender, (Vitamix if you have one) throw a pink peeled grapefruit, peeled cucumber, lots and lots and lots of cilantro - like half a bunch, a lime, some pineapple, agave nectar or stevia, vanilla extract,  BIG pinch of cinnamon, and pinch of salt.  Blend well and enjoy!  I top mine off with a shake of cinnamon on top too. 

Friday, October 8, 2010

Inspiration

Inspiration comes in many forms and always there to notice when you're open to it.  Have you ever realized that once you decide to make a change in your life the Universe provides you with exactly what you need?  Once you decide to change something in your life that is no longer working for you, the Universe lovingly assists you in making that change?  Its really cool stuff what intention can do AND realizing how much the Universe loves and supports you.

I am often inspired by my friends and clients.  I know each of us come together and cross paths for mutual benefit.  I was truly inspired by my recent graduate client and today I'm deeply touched by the kind words she sent to me.  With her permission I share them with you:

"Well, as I sit here eating my homemade caponata made with love from CSA veggies and drinking my coconut water diligently I can solidly say that NONE of it would have been possible without your gentle but insistent "nudging" to become creatively proactive about my health, body and LIFE!  What I learned is so much more than just eating right and losing weight... it is about getting control of my life.  I learned to find the things that really fulFILL me and to take it ONE day at a time!!  So thanks for your amazing teachings, perspective and patience!"

Yay!  I'm so proud of her!!!  In a very short time working together she came a long way and has tools she can use for the rest of her life!

Holistic Health Counseling encompasses ALL of your life.  In my work I do look at what you eat, but also at what FEEDS you.  My mission is to inspire and empower my clients to create a life they love.  And to be inspired back from them is the icing on the cake.  ;) 

Yup, its all good to eat cake too!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Relationship Mirrors

This thought came to mind last night and I wanted to share it in hopes of enlightening you or sharing more about how I think, operate, and coach.

Relationships are the largest, most intense vehicle to our personal growth.  For instance, romantic relationships come together because each of you is giving off an energetic vibration that matches each other.  What the other person has, you also have.  In the beginning each of you is seeing the best in one another.  You can not recognize in another what you don't have in yourself.  The lovely aspects you're attracted to in the other person is also the lovely aspect you have in yourself.  Embrace that. 

Additionally, as relationships grow, mature, and you get to know one another you begin to recognize in others characteristics and behaviors you may not consider so lovely.  I encourage you to embrace that as well because YOU have those characteristics and behaviors too.  You recognize them because you're familiar with them.  Embrace them as well.  As you embrace them you also embrace what you dislike in yourself.  Embracing it = self love and self acceptance.

Debbie Ford describes these characteristics within us as beach balls.  What we don't like we try to hold back, hide.  And like a beach ball you're trying to hold down under water, eventually it pops out - you can no longer hide it. 

We're all individuals coming here together to help each other learn about love, to grow, expand, and heal.  There is no part of us that is "good" or "bad".  As we evolve each of us is carrying around behaviors that we've used to protect ourselves, protect our hearts. 

If you're in relationship now or in the next one and things are uncomfortable, don't run away.  You WILL meet a similar type of person again until you've learned to love that aspect of you.  Anything the other person does to trigger or upset you is simply something for you to look at within yourself.  Do it with love and acceptance.  As you give out more love and acceptance, more love and acceptance comes your way.

Dinner for Two

I just love when cooking a meal all the pots and pans work perfectly together.  Meaning, I could doubly use the bowls, strainers, pans for multiple things versus ending up at the end of a meal with a sink full of dishes.  It was either coincidence last night or a well thought out meal.

I was gifted a few butternut squash from my good friends organic garden.  It was the perfect excuse to make one of my favorite Fall side dishes - Butternut Squash Risotto.  Its Gluten Free too!

Not sure what else to serve I asked my Facebook family for suggestions.  I came up with Creamy Kale Salad (gotta have greens) and a lovely garlic encrusted, wild caught Halibut.  Lots of healthy fats, proteins, and vitamins.  And of course the secret ingredient - Love.

Here is the Butternut Squash Risotto recipe.  For a new spin on stuffing or mashed potatoes, Butternut Squash Risotto makes for a wonderful gluten-free replacement.

It is oh so yummy!
If you have a hard time finding goat or sheep parmesan cheese, you can omit it and add diced 1/4 cup chantrelle mushrooms to add savory flavor.


Ingredients

6-8 cups gluten-free chicken broth (Chicken or Turkey broth work well) - If you make your own it is even more rich!
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cups butternut squash, peeled, and finely diced
2 cups arborio rice
1 cup dry white wine (such as Sauvignon Blanc) - you can skip this part
1/2 cup freshly grated Goat/Sheep Parmesan cheese (Cow Parmesan can be used if no dairy allergy) - this can often be found at Whole Foods or Central Market
6 Tbsp hemp or flax oil
Salt

Method
Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Heat broth in medium sized saucepan and keep warm over low heat. Heat 3 Tbsp of olive oil in a large saucepan; add onion. Cook over medium heat until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.

Cover butternut squash cut into bite-size cubes with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and place in oven for 35 minutes.

Add rice to onion. Cook 1 to 2 minutes. Add wine. Cook, stirring constantly until wine has been absorbed by the rice or evaporated. Add a few ladles of hot broth, just enough to barely cover rice. Cook over medium heat until broth has been absorbed. Continue cooking and stirring rice, adding a little bit of broth at a time, cooking and stirring until it is absorbed, until the rice is tender, but still firm to the bite, about 15 to 20 minutes.

During the last minutes of cooking, add tablespoon of hemp or flax oil, 1/3 cup Parmesan (goat or vegan). At this point the rice should have a creamy consistency. Add salt to taste. Serve with remaining grated Parmesan.

Serve with the remainder of the white wine and enjoy!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Raw Chocolate Balls

Indulge your chocolate fantasies with guilt free raw cacao!

In its raw, unadulterated state, chocolate is actually a valuable potent super-food loaded with nutrients and neuro-peptides very similar to the ones our bodies create when we are in love!

RAW CACAO POWDER contains many rare key nutrients that enhance physical and mental well-being. RAW CACAO POWDER also contain more ANTIOXIDANT flavanoids than any other food tested including Red Wine, Green Tea and Blueberries.

Other essential minerals present in Cacao are Calcium, Zinc, Iron, Copper, Sulfur, and Potassium. Cacao also contains many chemicals that enhance physical and mental well-being, including alkaloids, proteins, magnesium, beta-carotene, leucine, linoleic acid, lipase, lysine, and some neurotransmitters such as dopamine and anandamine.

Satisfy your chocolate craving and do your mind, body and spirit a favor in the meantime!


Ingredients:
 1/2 cup Raw Cacao Powder
 1/2 cup Coconut oil (I also use some coconut butter too)
 Raw Cacao Nibs
 1 teaspoon Maca Powder (optional)
 Organic Goji Berries
 1/2 teaspoon Cordyceps (Its a mushroom - optional)
 Organic Shredded Coconut
 Sunflower or Hemp Seeds or Walnuts (any nut/seed is optional)
 1/4 cup Agave Nectar

Preparation:
Mix coconut oil, agave, and raw cacao powder together.
Stir in remaining ingredients
Form bite size balls and roll into shredded coconut or seeds
Place in refridgerator until solid

Have fun with this! Mix in what you like! Eat your superfoods in a fun, delicious way!