Mint Magic Smoothie

mint magic smoothie

I recently learned that chocolate (cacao really) is the number one super food for longevity. This smoothie is packed not only with cacao but other wonderful natural sugars, vitamins, and nutrients. Great way to spark your nervous system into the Halloween spirit!

blender chocolate spinach

This was perhaps one of the greatest smoothie discoveries of my life! It’s practically like a milk shake, only instead of being full of lethargy causing sugar and ice cream, it’s made of magic! Yes, magic indeed! Try it out & let me know how you like it!

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Ingredients

1 banana

1 pear

1 apple

1/4 cup fresh mint

1-2 tbsp cacao powder

1-2 tbsp 72% dark chocolate (roughly 3-4 squares chopped)

1/2 cup Spinach

1 cup Almond or Coconut Milk

1/4 cup Coconut shavings

1/4 cup Vanilla Brown Cow Yogurt

serves 2-3

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Throw it all in a blender & blend until smooth ❤

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Gluten Free Gringa Fajitas

fajitas

Here’s a recipe out there for ya that I discovered on my Candida Diet! So good. I bit hard to take in meat since it’s been a while, but it sure made my gut feel good 🙂 I recently developed an allergy to gluten and corn as well so this recipes is nice for giving you an alternative to some of the ingredients that can trigger common allergies.

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Ingredients

1 lb Chicken

1 Yellow Bell Pepper

1 Red Bell Pepper

1/2 White Onion

1/2 Cup Quinoa

1/2 cup Spinach

1/2 tsp Cumin

1/2 tsp Paprika

1 tsp Chili Powder

Salt

Pepper

Coconut Oil

Toppings:

Cilantro

Avocado

Juice from a Lemon

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Start this dish off by taking a dollop of coconut oil and placing it in a frying pan. Cut up chicken into bite sized bits and place it in the pan on medium heat. Stir occasionally.

Take 1 cup of water and place in a small pot. Turn on high. Once water boils, add quinoa. Turn heat to low and cover with a lid.

Begin to cut up bell peppers and onion. Place in pan with chicken. Continuing to stir so that chicken doesn’t stick to pan. Be generous with your coconut oil. If it dish needs more, by all means, add more. You don’t want it to be soupy with oil, but well lubricated 😉 Add in cumin, paprika, chili powder; salt and pepper to taste. Stir pan, evenly coating chicken and veggies.

Once quinoa and fajita fillings are fully cooked. Prepare your plate by adding quinoa, spinach, fajitas fillings. Top with cilantro, lemon juice, and avocado. ❤

Pose of the Week: Triangle

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Triangle Pose

TRIKONASANA

Benefits:

  • Relieves stress & anxiety
  • Aids to back tension and pain
  • Strengthens thighs, ankles & knees
  • Stretches abdominal muscles that assist better digestion.
  • Good for sciatica, osteoporosis, & flat feet

Asana Break Down:

Begin in Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II), straighten front leg and extend forward, hinging your torso over your front thigh. Allow your front hand to find a block, shin or the floor. If your hands are placed on the floor, make sure your hand is firmly placed palm touching the ground or remain on your fingertips without compromising your thumb. Some people even like to allow their hand to free float by their shin or ankle, using their core muscles to maintain the integrity of this asana. Allow your other hand to reach towards the sky.

Next, we want to align the body by twisting deeper in the pose. To do this, imagine someone was pressing into your hand that is in the air and encouraging you to twist your lower ribcage forward. Head should align with the line of the spinal chord. Draw shoulder blades closer to one another and check your torso’s alignment over your front leg. Often, people will puff their chest forward and either collapse their ribcage or put their body dramatically off balance. Make sure the center of your torso aligns with the center of your front leg. Allow there to be a mirco-bend in the front leg so that you don’t hyper extend. Back hip muscle should descend down towards the ground. Allow the back body to lengthen. Take your gaze towards the sky.  ❤

Lemon Garlic Tilapia with a Garden Salad & Green Beans

tilapia dinner

Hello internet family ❤ This is a long awaited recipe, requested by one of the sweetest women I know! Similar to the Salmon recipe. Same same, little different. Here it goes: Clean eating for the entire family!

Fish are a wonderful source of protein, omega-3’s, B12 and Niacin, amongst other nutrients. So however you do it, it’s a great meal to add into your diet!

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Ingredients

1/2 lb tilapia

1 lemon

3-4 cloves garlic

A pinch of Salt

A pinch of Pepper

Handful of Green Beans

1 sprig of dill

Olive Oil

1 head of Lettuce

1 Red Bell Pepper

1 Carrot

1/2 avocado

Serving 1

Cooking Time: 30-45 min.

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Alright folks, I’m pretty proud of this meal. It’s so nutritious and well balanced! You’ve got a great source of protein, good/healthy fats, and tons of veggies, each with health promoting qualities. Oh, and by the way…it’s delicious.

Set the oven to 375. Take out a baking pan and tin foil. Tear enough to create a tent around the fish. Take out your tilapia, place it on the tin foil, squeeze 1/4 lemon over it, season with a small pinch of salt, take one clove of garlic chopped and sprinkle on top. When your oven has preheated, cover your fish with the tin foil; again creating that tent-like quality. Set the timer for 15 minutes.

Next, chop up your salad fixings. Add more or less of whatever you like/don’t like listed above. Increase quantity if more people are joining you. Once your timer goes off, expose your fish, peeling away the tin foil. Place it back in the over for another 10-15 minutes. If you want your fish to become crispy set for 10 min and then put on broil for 5-7 minutes.

While your fish is finishing up, pour roughly 2 tbsp of olive oil into a frying pan. Add green beans, again adding a small handful for each person other than yourself. Take another 1/4 of lemon and squeeze over green beans. Take a pinch of salt and pepper, season to taste, and sprinkle over the beans. Add chopped garlic to the pan. Add 1 clove of garlic for every 2 people your cooking for. (For example: if you’re feeding 3 people, add 4-5 garlic cloves.) Mix ingredients together, covering the green beans with olive oil. Put on medium, cover with lid, stir every 30 seconds or so. Keep an eye on them so they don’t burn. Allow them to steam for 5-7 minutes, turning the heat down, if needed.

Once the fish is cooked, take 1/4 lemon and squeeze over top. Add a bit more salt or fresh dill if your would like. Taste the green beans, maybe add the last 1/4 of lemon to them and continue to season to your liking.

Enjoy ❤

Please leave a comment or request bellow! Keep em’ coming, I love it!

Be Here Now

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Being is not knowing. I first heard these words from Harville Hendrix, PhD and it struck a chord in me. As a yoga teacher and someone who wishes to pursue a spiritual path I have found that spirituality has seasons. There are many days where I don’t want to practice yoga or I don’t want to sit and meditate. That’s just human. But knowing is not being. So knowing the Sanskrit of a pose and all of the minute mechanical movements of each asana, is not the same as showing up on the mat with an authentic, devotional heart. It’s not. I know because I have spent so much of my life living outside of the present that I have become so cerebral in my practice that I sometimes practice without heart. Knowing is not being. Yet, being is knowing. To show up in your life in each unfolding moment is a beautiful and challenging thing. Become what you seek. For what you seek is surely seeking you. It may not find you through the mind however, but through the heart instead. How do you become what it is you are seeking? I once asked this question through the lens of spirituality having seasons to a guru of mine. I said, “It seems to me like spirituality has seasons. Some seasons are abundant and I feel a deep connection to source and my practice. Other seasons feel depleted and I don’t want to practice at all. How do I continue to flourish when my practice is full and honor it when it is weak?” And he replied, “Spirituality is like a tree. It does not bare fruit in every season, but it needs to be watered every day.” Where can you water yourself more in this life? How can you become the most authentic version of yourself? 

Knowing is not being, but to be is to know. ❤

Let Food Be Your Medicine: Candida Cures

Candida Cures

During the Fall and Winter I tend to eat lots of sweets, basically from Halloween through New Years. And I think so do a lot of other people…. Unfortunately, in addition to exciting your taste buds, these seasonal eating habits add unwanted weight to the body and unwanted bacteria to the gut which can lead to imbalances in the body, namely Candida. So many people experience symptoms and side effects of Candida but they don’t even realize they have it. Common symptoms include: depression, anxiety, crying spells, low libido, poor memory, nausea, indigestion, stomach aches, athlete’s foot, hives, persistent cough, mucus in throught, sore throat, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, PMS and menstrual irregularities, yeast infections, and much much more1

The harsh reality is that everyone has Candida and most people experience one or more of these symptoms. In my unprofessional opinion I recommend doing the diet for one week to one month this holiday season will dramatically improve your health, your gut flora/bacteria, and your overall happiness in your body.

I, myself, recently found that I was experiencing a variety of Candida symptoms and am going on the diet for the next month. It’s a bit challenging as a vegetarian, and I will admit some rules will be broken for the sake of improving my health. But if you’re a strict vegetarian who may be experiencing these symptoms, don’t be scared away! You can still do the diet and be a vegetarian.

I’ve noticed that there is a huge emotional battle that happens when you try to rid the body of Candida, so just be aware of that. It’s like have the devil sit on your shoulder and tell you that not eating sugar is wrong. My guess is that this happens because your body is going through sugar withdrawals and sugar is 8x more addictive that cocaine.

Up above I took a picture of my groceries for Candida Care:

(From the left) Celery, Broccoli, Vaginal Yeast Suppositories, Salmon, Artichoke Heart, Olives, Sesame Seeds, Almond butter, Kyolic Garlic Supplement, Free range eggs, Plain Kefir, Zucchini, Zucchini squash, Lemon, Spinach, Candida Care, Licorice & Peppermint tea, Miso Soup, Quinoa, and Plant Based Abult Probiotic.

Being on the Candida Diet means not only avoiding sugar, but anything that can turn into sugar including: Rice, Sweet Potatoes, Honey, Wine, Alcohol, Bread, Oats, Pasta, Fruit, Carrots, all cured meat products, and so on. If nothing else, getting on a good probiotic will help a ton, but unfortunately not as much as giving your body a break from the sugar overload.

The only two things that are not food are the vaginal yeast suppositories and the Candida Care Tincture. The suppositories are for women, they are made up of boric acid and tea tree in gelatin capsules. They are inserted vaginally as needed. As a women, let me tell you, in my experience, they are the fastest relief to any irritation downstairs. The Candida Care Tincture promotes healthy intestines, heals the body of Candida albicans overgrowth, and supports the immune system and contains, Desert Willow, Usnea, Echinacea, Milk Thistle and Chaparro Amargosa. The tincture is taken orally and is a great addition to the other supplements useful on this diet/cleanse.

Yeast Suppositories:http://dancingwillowherbs.com/vaginal-yeast-suppositories.html

Candida Care: http://dancingwillowherbs.com/candida-care.html

To get recipes, Do’s & Don’ts, and more information about Candida follow the link bellow:

http://www.thecandidadiet.com

Sources:

  1. “The Candida Diet.” The Candida Diet. Perfect Health, n.d. Web. 20 Oct. 2015.

Please note that any and all posts on this blog do not substitute for professional medical help, diagnosis or treatment.I am not a health care provider my any means. The content provided on this site is designed to be used for informational purposes only. The content is based on personal experience and outside research. 

Pose of the Week: Dancer

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Dancer

NATARAJASANA

Benefits of the pose:

  • Strengthens balance, core, ankle, and legs
  • Develops proprioception
  • Opens heart
  • Opens Shoulders
  • Stretches and strengthen low back

Asana Breakdown:

To get into this pose, begin in Samasthiti, equal standing, begin by placing all of your weight onto one leg, lift your opposite leg by bending the knee and allow your hand to find the top of your foot. Find your drishti here and extend the hand that is not holding the foot towards the sky. Imagine your body like a balancing scale as you begin to hinge your body forward. As you extend forward, lift your bent leg towards the sky like an archer’s bow. Lift and spread through the heart, while also allowing the tailbone to descend. ❤

Variations of Dancer:

Dancer can be achieved in a variety of energetic ways, to get a deep hip stretch, but take away the challenge of balance, feel free to go to a counter, ballet bar or a wall. Another approach is to rap a strap and loop it around your foot. This can get you deeper into the stretch or allow you to take away any strain you may feel in the arm that is holding the leg. If you have severe hip, knee or leg issues, you can come onto your stomach bend one knee, reach for it with one or both hands, and once again extend your leg towards the ceiling.

Mythology of the pose:

This pose exemplifies aspects of Shiva Nataraja, the lord of destruction. We often think of destruction as a terrible thing, however Shiva can be a liberating force of destruction, causing the death of ignorance, shame, malice and so on. Even more so, dancer is appropriate for this time of year because destruction causes rebirth and change.

As we enter into Fall and the change of seasons, we can honor the divinity and Shiva-like qualities within us all. Like Shiva, Natarajasana encourages us to turn our gaze within and find balance, ease, grace and joy no matter what kind of change we face around us in our day to day life.