Be Here Now

being

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. 

Spaghetti Squash Pasta Alternative

pasta squash

Hello! As promised, here is a recipe for spaghetti squash spaghetti! It’s a healthy alternative to pasta and just as savory!

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Ingredients

1 Large Butternut Squash

Coconut oil

Salt

Pepper

1/4 cup yellow onion

3 cloves garlic

1 large portabello mushroom

1 head of cauliflower

1 small zucchini

1 can of tomato sauce

Toppings

Fresh basil

Pine Nuts

Parmesan

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Take out a large baking pan, cut the squash in half, grease pan with coconut oil, generously sprinkle salt and pepper over squash. Place the squash skin up and place in the oven for 40-45 minutes. Meanwhile, cut up onion and garlic and allow to simmer in frying pan with coconut oil in it for 2-3 minutes on medium/low heat. Add in zucchini, cauliflower, stir and let cook with a lid on for another 2-3 minutes. Add portobello, turn heat up to medium, season with salt and pepper, give your pan another stir and let sit for another minute or two. Be sure to watch your vegetables carefully, if they get to hot, feel free to turn the heat down. Once the mushroom and other veggies contents have softened, add tomato sauce. Put sauce on low heat until squash is ready. Stir occasionally. Once your squash is done, get out a big spoon and carve out the pasta-like strings and place into serving bowls. Add sauce and toppings of choice! ❤

Quinoa Chili for the Soul

Quinoa Chili

My hole life I have made the same chili recipe, but I have decided to branch out and try something new. This one is completely different that the other chili recipe I usually make, click here to check it out. But it is so good I can’t tell which one I like best! So here it goes, folks! Hope you enjoy ❤

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Ingredients 

1/2 cup Quinoa

1 large Sweet Potato

1 tbsp Olive Oil

1 15oz can Black Beans

1 yellow Onion

1 15oz can Fire Roasted Tomatoes

3-4 cloves garlic

2 cups Veggie Broth

1 tbsp Cumin

1 tbsp Chili Powder

1 tsp Salt

1 tsp Pepper

1 lime

Toppings

Avocado

Pepperjack or Cheddar Cheese

Cilantro

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Start out with a small pot and bring 1 cup of water to boil. Once boiling add quinoa and turn down to medium heat. Do the same in a medium pot, filling it half way with water, peel and chop sweet potato into bite sized pieces, add to water, and cover with a lid. Allow for the water to boil for 10-15 minutes or until potato is soft. In a large pot add in olive oil, chopped onion, black beans, garlic and diced tomatoes. Turn heat to medium/high and let simmer. Once onion is transparent, add veggie broth, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Check on both your quinoa and sweet potato, once they are finished, add them to the large pot. Stir and allow the contents to warm on medium heat for 5-7 minutes. Once appropriately warm to eat, dish out your bowls and add the toppings of your choice.

A Lotta Enchiladas: Nutritious & Delicious Recipe

enchiladas

Giving up meat was a super hard thing for me, but I did it for health reasons. However, it’s recipes like this that make all the difference! It’s packed with veggies and nutrients, super filling, and hits just the right spot! It’s terrific for a family dinner because it makes a bunch! butternut squash

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Ingredients

Coconut oil

1 Butternut Squash

1 Medium Sweet Potato

1 15oz can of Black Beans

1 Onion

1 Zucchini

1 can of Hatch Green Chilis

1 Green Bell Pepper

1 can of Hatch Green Enchilada Sauce

1 can of Hatch Red Enchilada Sauce

2 tsp salt

2 tsp pepper

2-3 tbsp Chili Powder

2 tbsp Turmeric

1 tbsp Cumin

Blue Corn Tortillas

Toppings

Avocado

Salsa

Cilantro

Lime

Pepper Jack Cheese

Sour Cream

Cook Time: 45 min – 1 hour

Serving: 10-12 enchiladas

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Turn on your oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit. While that oven is warming, peel, take out the seeds, and dice your butternut squash. Take out a baking pan and grease it with Coconut oil, put the squash in, spinkle salt and pepper on top, and place in the oven for 10 minutes. When the timer goes off, flip the squash in the tray and turn the tray around so that the side that originally faced the front now faces the back. Cook for another 10 minutes.

While your Squash is Baking, take out a medium size pot and fill with water. Peel and dice sweet potato into bite-sized pieces and place in the water once boiling. Allow the potato to cook for 10-15 minutes in the water on medium/high heat or until they are soft.

Now, take out a frying pan. Place enough coconut oil in the pan to cover it evenly, add chopped onion, zucchini, bell pepper, black beans, and hatch green chilis into the pan. Add Seasoning: cumin, turmeric, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Allow for them to steam cook on medium heat with a lid on top for 5 minutes, continuously check and stir the pan.

Once the veggies have softened, take out another frying pan and add half of both cans of enchilada sauce to the pan, add the other half to a separate frying pan to heat and soak your tortillas. Check on both your butternut Squash and Sweet Potato. By now they should be about done. Strain Sweet Potato and add to the pan with veggies in it. Take Squash out of the oven and do the same. Next, take two corn tortillas at a time and place them in the pan that is solely enchilada sauce. Turn on medium heat, and continue to flip the tortillas until they are warm/hot. Place the heated tortillas on a plate, add in veggies and toppings of your choice. I’ll be real with you for a moment: the sour cream and cheese are the best parts so take that extra scoop if you need. Enjoy! ❤

As always, leave any questions or comments bellow to let me know how you liked it!