When Auntie Deelee comes to town ~ it’s never a dull moment! You can read about her beach cottage tour here.
Not only is she a fantastic cook, engaging conversationalist, and all around positive person, she’s into a lot of the same things that I’m into, like healthy food, meditation, always learning about new things, and viewing life as an on-going adventure. ( I’m trying to talk her into starting her own blog!)
Auntie Deelee’s sage advice :
The practice of yoga postures takes you closer to meditation.
What is life without meditation?
In other words, if you are having trouble getting into meditation, get started with a yoga practice.
Then you will naturally move with ease into meditation, by stilling the body, the breath, and the mental chatter first.
Meditation is the key to happiness no matter where you are in your life’s journey ~ Cottage Necessities
Don’t wait! Start Now.
Now here’s the delicious Summer juice that she made one day ~ I got so excited just by the beautiful coral color that I immediately staged a photo shoot.
Here’s that recipe that I promised. I hope you like them as much as we did!
These cookies are dehydrated in a 200 degree Fahrenheit oven for several hours.
It can be considered to be in the raw or living food category for maximum nutrition and life force.
I made this recipe based on the traditional recipe for ginger snaps, while using whole foods that can be dehydrated and superfoods that can all be consumed in raw form. ( So, it’s okay to eat the raw cookie dough!)
I hope that you will give this recipe a try and let me know how you like it.
there is a small amount of raw cane sugar used in this recipe which carmelizes during the heating process and adds a nice finishing glaze.
These cookies will aid in your digestion, promote healthy elimination, while leaving a sweet aftertaste of ginger.
When you bring superfoods into your body, your energy changes, and as a result your focus of attention will shift as well…it becomes easier to live in a state of appreciation, ( or gratitude). David Wolfe
I had a dream the other night, half in and out of sleep.
I’ve heard about getting “down loads” from the Universe.
As I was seeing clips of superfoods scroll across my mind, I realized the next morning, that I was getting what I thought must have been a download.
With only a general knowledge of “superfoods”, I started to notice more of them.
I was being urged or guided to eat more of them
…and to find ways to incorporate them into my diet.
I had already discovered the benefits of eating a more raw diet of living, whole foods, such as organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
I had also been weaning myself away from breads, flour, grains, and dairy, and was noticing a difference in my body like ~
less bloating and inflammation
a feeling of inner stability
a brighter outlook
deeper sleep patterns
my skin is getting smoother, silkier
I was also noticing that I no longer had cravings for candy or chips, or anything unnatural like foods with preservatives.
And the best thing, was that my body knew when it had had enough and when to stop.
Rather than eating a whole bag of chips, a few flax crackers would satisfy me.
Ice cream tasted good at first, but then I noticed I felt heavy afterward and it made a pain in my back flair up.
Whereas, yogurt was half the calories ad made me feel calm and nurtured.
I was gently being guided through food to choose the higher vibration foods and my body was responding and I was able to hear what my body was saying to me.
So, I started listening.
The Life Force in the food had started bringing me home.
It may have cost a little more to buy organic fresh foods, but the dividends were paying off by the way that I felt.
I realized that this is what our Creator had intended for us, and how far we had gotten away from our true nourishment, and been seduced by advertising, beautiful packaging, and false labels of promises that weren’t being met, like non-fat, sugar free, natural, and cage free.
Why had I felt depressed after eating a steak, or sensed an ammonia after taste in the store bought eggs or noticed bruises on the chicken legs? Was I picking up on their distress?
I was beginning to think so…..
The big looming question in your mind at this point is probably….
How do I eat this stuff?
Where do I start?
I sincerely hope you will join me on this journey as I create new Superfood recipes to share with you.
Here are some facts about superfoods.
What is so special about a superfood?
Superfoods have over a dozen or more special properties in them like, more vitamins, minerals, enzymes, detoxifiers, and life force.
Think: Foods as medicine ` they increase your body’s immune system from the inside out. It’s like building your cells from the inside, to fight and protect you from illness and disease. *
“Get more nutrition with less eating”, superfoods are both a food and a medicine ~ David Wolfe
Here are a few examples:
deep red goji berries ~ ( moist berries) increase eye health and are considered the “Fountain of Youth“.
cacao ~ chocolate,” the food of the gods “, highest anti-oxidant, magnesium
Maca root ~ fertility, strength, stamina
Honey ~ Bee pollen
Coconuts ~ the tree that supplies all that is needed to live.
Just to name a few…..
Superfoods have the ability to tremendously increase the vital force and energy of one’s body, and are the optimal choice for improving overall health, boosting the immune system, elevating serotonin production, enhancing sexuality, and cleansing and alkalizing the body. ~ David Wolfe
Well, who wouldn’t want that????
Consuming superfoods makes it dramatically easier to achieve your ideal weight, diet, and food habits.” ~David Wolfe
This just keeps getting better all the time!!!!
Superfoods will ease you into detoxification and the transition to more healthy foods ~ all without willpower! ~ David Wolfe
When doing a cleanse it’s always a great idea to keep some healthy sweet alternatives at the ready so you don’t fall back on old habits.
Here are some of my favorites –
I like to have the maple flavored or honey flavored yogurts instead of ice cream.
sliced apples with chunky peanut butter
You can make ahead this recipe and get creative with it. I like to store it in a mason jar because it takes up less room in the fridge.
Chia Seed Pudding in a Mason Jar
2 1/2 cups almond or Coconut milk
3/4 cups chia seeds
2-3 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
Blend in a blender or stir all ingredients into a Mason jar and refrigerate overnight. If you make it directly into the mason jar, you will want to check it to make sure it is stirred about a half hour after you first make it.
I like to layer it with one of the yogurts mentioned above and some fresh fruit, like mango, shown in the picture.
For an extra treat, enjoy it outside on the patio or by the poolside.
Most of the above satisfies the “no dairy” protocol during your cleanse or anytime. Reducing dairy in your diet can reduce inflammation in your joints.
Even though there is some sugar and dairy in the yogurt choices, you cannot beat the healthy probiotics you’ll be getting.
Please share in the comments if you’ve found some healthy alternatives for your sweet tooth.
I’d love to hear from you. Mahalo
This post does not intend to offer medical advice. Only suggestions for healthier lifestyle choices based on my own personal experiences.
Whether you are wanting to lose weight, improve your chances of fighting off illness, shift to a higher vibration, and just “feel” better, this meal plan can be followed for one week, one month, one year, or a lifetime. It may just change your life! Please join me in this beautiful, healthful way of enjoying food. You may find that cravings that you once had may start to slip away. And as always, be gentle on yourself. This in not a diet, but a way of life.
water 16 oz.
one cup coffee ( no sugar) black or full fat half and half ( why full fat? see below)
Low fat has all kinds of extra ingredients. Would you rather put this in your body?
or this? Check out the ingredients. As close to pure with out being organic, which would be even better. Full fat also is more satisfying, and without all of the added chemicals and stabilizers, your chance of craving something more will be reduced.
If you haven’t already, start reading your ingredients. I was shocked to make this discovery. Weren’t you?
Breakfast – Green Smoothie
1 cup water
1 cup orange juice
1 mango or strawberries, blueberries, etc.
1 tbsp. fiber ( psyllium husk- dry blended and kept in an airtight container)
1 scoop green powder
1 tbsp. E-3 Live (optional) or local Bee pollen
( if you need to reduce the sugar, you can leave out the o.j., and if you don’t have green powder, you can add one handful of raw spinach leaves)
Make up your own recipes!
Lunch – Chopped salad – everything chopped up very small and mixed together . A variety of vegetables and fruits, and eat as much as you want!
For your dressing use the following:
Fresh minced garlic
olive or flax oil
fresh squeezed lemon juice
Add some fresh or dried herbs like sweet basil, one of my favorites.
Best to use fresh, organic, seasonal vegetables.
water 16 oz.
Pan Roasted Vegetables tossed in olive oil with salt and pepper
lean meat if desired.
16oz. water at the end of your meal
Dessert – Sweeet tooth alternatives in a future post
Glass of wine if desired ( but not every day)
Repeat for 7 days
For a snack try some freshly juiced carrot with a nub of fresh ginger.
Schedule a massage and a colonic for this week.
Do some gentle exercise like walking stretching, yoga or swimming every day. (As you detox, you will find that your body wants to move more).
Try detoxing from TV for one week.
Listen to music and spend some quiet time in Nature.
Take a nap if you feel like it.
Write down any changes in your appetite, body, mood, or sleeping habits.
If you are having trouble sleeping you might want to try one of these.
Drink 1 teaspoon of Celtic Sea salt dissolved in water before bed for a deep sleep
Try some ice water with some Tart Cherry Concentrate and a little Agave nectar to sweeten it. The melatonin in the cherry will give you a deep slumber.
Golden Milk recipe:
Prepare organic Turmeric paste by cooking the powder ( 1 jar) in filtered water until it forms a paste. Add 1/2 tsp. black pepper as it is cooking. Store in fridge.
Mix 1 teaspoon of Turmeric paste into a cup of coconut milk or almond milk and add cinnamon or nutmeg to taste.
Drink before bedtime and you’ll sleep like a baby.
Here are some before and after photos of me to give you some proof of what I am saying.
I know! I couldn’t believe it was me either! This picture was a big wake up call for me. Taken about 2 years ago.
This is what I look like today. Still a work in progress, but I feel soooo much better. A change in lifestyle is what it took.
Things I’ve noticed so far:
My mind is heightened and alert
My vision is clear
I feel great
I’m waking up earlier requiring less sleep., but still sleeping through the night.
My waistline is restructuring itself.
I’m not having cravings or strong hunger urges.
I feel happier and keep getting rushes of kundalini energy and tingling in my head, like my body is waking up and t he cells are regenerating themselves.
Update: This week I started doing 200 sit ups and 100 arm curls with a 10 lb. weight. Focusing on the waistline, and hoping the sit ups will firm my chin area. Still swimming almost every day.