Peachy Chicken Summer Salad

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Looking for a way to spice up your salad? Check out this recipe!

A sweet rendition of flavors with creamy avocado, sweet and tangy peach, with a zesty chicken and a little bit of spice.

 

Ingredients

Salad:

Partial Head of Romaine Lettuce

1 Bell Pepper

1/2 Avocado

1/2 Peach

1/4 cup non-gmo organic corn

1/4 cup black beans

Goddess Salad Dressing

Chicken:

1/2 chicken breast

2 tbsp coconut oil

A pinch of salt

A pinch of pepper

1/4 tsp Chili Powder

1/4 tsp Turmeric

1/4 tsp Cayenne

1/4 of a Lemon

 

Take salad fixings, chop, and mix well. Take a pan and add coconut oil on medium high heat. Add chopped chicken into the pan and add spices. Mix well. Cover chicken with a lid and turn on medium heat. Let chicken sit until cooked to your liking. Once complete, take chicken of heat and add to salad.

 

Enjoy ❤

Matcha Mamma’s Goddess Milk

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MATCHA ❤ The new love of my life is high in antioxidants, Vitamin B-complex,E, K, A and other trace minerals. It is also rich in polyphenols, chlorophyll, L-theanine and theophylline. The elements of matcha help to boost the immune system. The high antioxidant components help diminish free radicals in the body which allows the body to remain young and healthy looking. Matcha is a green tea which originates from Japan and has often been used for aid in diabetes, cancer, lethargy, and heart function.

Here, I have a delicious recipe for you which is full of such sweetness. The goddess milk is jam packed with highly nutritive ingredients that allow you to get that yummy, sweet taste without having to go on a sugar binge.

Ingredients

2 cups Rice Milk

1 tsp Spirulina

1 tbsp Matcha

A pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt

1 tsp-1 tbsp Honey

3-5 drops Stevia

Serves: 1-2

Place all ingredients into a cup, stir well and enjoy ❤

 

Pose of the Week: Humble Warrior

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Humble Warrior

BADDHA VIRABHADRASANA

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”

~Ernest Hemmingway

The humble warrior teaches us to bow down to our efforts and our strength with grace and wisdom. The warrior with in us all teaches us all when to fight for what we believe in, when to stand for peace, and how to find the balance between the two.

Benefits of the Pose:

  • Stretches lungs, chest, & shoulders
  • Opens heart
  • Releases tension in the spine & neck
  • Strengthens & stretches arms, thighs, & calves

Asana Breakdown:

Start off in Warrior II. Take your hands behind your back and interlace your fingers. Open up your chest by drawing your shoulder blades together and your hands down towards the earth. Square up your chest to the front of the room and begin to bow forward. Allow your shoulder to rest or line up with your front knee as your hands continue to reach towards the sky. Breathe here. Relax the neck and create a micro bend in your arms.

 

Pose of the Week: Sugarcane Pose

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Sugarcane Pose

ARDHA CHANDRA CHAPASANA

Benefits of the pose:

  • Improves balance
  • Strengthens and stretches abdomen and legs
  • Opens hips
  • Lengthens and stretches spine

Asana breakdown:

There are a variety of ways to get into this posture, as it is a very dynamic pose. To begin, we’ll take this approach: Start off in Trikonasana (Triangle), take your hand facing the air and bring it behind your back to the opposite hip (i.e. if your right hand is in the air you would bring it behind your left hip). Take your gaze forward, move the hand that is on the ground forward a couple of inches, and being to gracefully transition forward by bending the front leg. Next, straighten the front or standing leg and bend the other so that the hand by your hip can grab your foot. Then, begin to extend your foot up towards the sky like an archer’s bow. Find a drishti or gazing point and breathe here. ❤

Pointers:

  • Keep a micro bend in the front knee so that you don’t hyper-extend.
  • If you have ankle issues, keep the ankle on your floating leg flexed.
  • Place a block under your hand that’s reaching for the ground if it is a stretch to get there right away.
  • If you can’t reach your foot, you can use a strap.

Pose of the Week: Boat

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Boat

PARIPURNA NAVASANA

Pose Benefits:

  • Strengthens Core, Hip flexors, and Spine
  • Improves Digestion
  • Stimulates Kidneys and Intestines
  • Increases internal awareness
  • Improves Balance
  • Helps with Stress

Asana Breakdown:

To get into this pose, sit on the floor with your knees bent. Keeping the knees bent, begin to raise your feet off the floor until the lower leg becomes parallel with the ground. Lock your mulabanda by engaging your pelvic floor. Keep your integrity in your back by flattening your stomach, allowing the spine to elongate in a linear fashion. Allow the collar bones to lift and spread. Slowly begin to straighten the legs, extending the arms forward.

Pose contradictions:

If you are experiencing any of the following, please refrain from this pose:

  • Headache
  • Pregnancy
  • Neck Pain or stiffness
  • Menstruation
  • Asthma
  • Diarrhea

Sources:

Granacher, Urs, Albert Gollhofer, Tibor Hortobágyi, Reto W. Kressig, and Thomas Muehlbauer. “The importance of trunk muscle strength for balance, functional performance, and fall prevention in seniors: a systematic review.” Sports medicine(2013): 1-15.

“Boat Pose – Paripurna Navasana – Yoga Pose.” Yoga Journal. Cruz Bay Publishing, 28 Aug. 2007. Web. 27 Jan. 2016.

“How to Do Boat Pose in Yoga.” YogaOutlet.com. N.p., 2016. Web. 27 Jan. 2016.

The Potential “Cure-All” Diet

rose-1082542_640I would like to introduce a diet that has changed my life and is beginning to change the lives of many others.

MY STORY

In October of 2015 I entered the hardest month of my life….I was experiencing gut/intestinal pain, severe acne, adrenal depletion, an overloaded liver, depression, warts, fatigue and an inability to sleep.

To sum it all up, everything hurt physically, mentally, and emotionally. I was distraught that my body was preventing me from showing up in the world the way that I truly wanted to. I didn’t want to eat, cook, be productive, blog, go out, go to school, any of it!

Two months went by like this until I went to see a local naturopathic doctor. It was suggested that I go on what is called an elimination diet for 3 weeks.

This diet was probably the most amazing thing I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. For three weeks I challenged myself to get completely off of:

Dairy   Gluten   Sugar  Soy   Nuts   Caffeine  Alcohol  Corn   Legumes     Nightshades   White Potatoes

So what does that leave me with? Basically milk substitutes like coconut or rice milk, fruits, gluten free grains, meat and vegetables. I’ll admit that it was tricky. I began by taking out the things that I was already impartial to and didn’t mind taking out such as caffeine, alcohol, white potatoes, nuts, corn, legumes, and gluten. For me, all of those things were easily substituted. A couple of days went by like this and then I began to take out nightshades. Then the hardest part came: Dairy and sugar. I am completed addicted to both of theses things so it was incredibly tricky to get off of them. I gave myself the space to have my cravings and just started by decreasing my intake. Another week or two went by like this until I was able to finally get off of both of them.

Five days went by with out eating any dairy for the first time in 4 years and  I could hardly believe what I saw:

  • my acne was gone (for the first time in 4 years)
  • my energy was back
  • my gut didn’t hurt
  • nausea, diarrhea, gas — gone!
  • depression subsided
  • warts disappeared

I had my life back and it felt so good to know that the power was in my hands and it was something as simple as a shift in diet. So here I am at the end of my 3 weeks and I have amazing skin, energy, and vitality to show for it.

UNDERSTANDING THE DIET

The Elimination Diet is great for anyone with any kind of food sensitivity or GI disturbances as well as arthritis, ADD/ADHD, narcolepsy, migraines, issues with the kidneys, cardiovascular disease, allergies, asthma, and others. It’s best if the diet is adhered to for a minimum of 2 weeks. Big dogs like gluten and dairy should be eliminated for 28 days.

It should also be understood that these dietary changes are not permanent and that these foods can be reintroduced. It is recommended that you begin to introduce one of the eliminated food groups for one day and then notice your symptoms for the two following days. If you show no symptoms or reactions you can introduce another food group. This process can take up to 5-6 weeks.  At the end of the process you will know a great deal about your body and your allergies. I learned that I was allergic to dairy and nuts, I could tolerate gluten and sugar, and appear to have no symptoms concerning soy, beans, nightshades or caffeine.

Consult your physician or registered dietitian if you find that there is a certain food group you’d like to introduce, but have an allergic reaction to.

 

Here’s my advice for trying it yourself:

  • Give yourself space to do it at your own pace and don’t beat yourself up when you “relapse”
  • Understand that you WILL go through withdrawals and that they WILL pass and you WILL make it
  • Consult your doctor or physician if you have any questions or concerns
  • Find a community or a friend to support you in your process
  • Switch to organic foods
  • Get on a Probiotic, Multivitamin and/or a B Vitamin complex
  • Supplement with essential fatty acids (i.e. EPA or Fish) and CoQ10
  • Remove other toxins that your not digesting such as perfumes, chemical fragrances, artificially scented lotions, cremes, shampoos and conditioners.

Tips and Tricks for getting through the withdrawal symptoms:

  • Epsom salt and lavender essential oil bath
  • Charcoal (to bind toxins being produced in the body during detox)
  • Broccoli Sprouts
  • Getting body work at least once a week (ex: yoga, massage, chiropractor, acupuncture, etc.).
  • Don’t keep what you crave in the house and resist the urge to buy them when you shop.
  • When a craving appears, drink a large glass of water and wait 30 minutes. Often, the craving will go away.
  • Don’t let yourself get too hungry. When you get hungry you’ll want to eat what you crave, so try to keep an emergency snack or meal prepared.

Check out this link for more information about the Elimination Diet, what to eat, how to reintroduce, recipes, and for more general information:

https://wholelifenutrition.net/articles

http://www.precisionnutrition.com/elimination-diet

For literature on the Diet I suggest exploring:

https://wholelifenutrition.net/books

 

 

 

The Silver Lining in Darkness

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I have to apologize for being absent the past few weeks. It seems that life has taken a turn into a mode of crisis. Many people take winter in as a time reserved for deep reflection and introspection; a time of hibernation; to rejuvenate so we may plant new seeds in the spring. The parts of us that no longer serve us have reached into the earth causing us to draw inward.

As I have begun to dig deep into my roots during this winter season, I see that I have delved deep into the shadow self. The solstice seems to mark a time of completion. I look upon my year knowing I have spent many of my days wrestling with the shattered parts of me I would rather not address. Like a steady stream under the darkened sky, I reflect a water that is blackened, but I am not black. The sutras ask us to be like a diamond: reflecting the colors of that which is around us, without attaching or defining ourselves as that color because as soon as the color is taken away, we will find we remain a diamond; pure, clear, and brightly shining.

As the days get shorter, colder, and the sky begins to fill with snow, I find myself in a place of reflection for this past year. In honor of the solstice, I took the opportunity to set my intentions for what I would like to cultivate in the coming year, 2016. After writing all of my thoughts down on paper, I found what I need the most is forgiveness.

As we all delve into our shadow self, the need to judge, the deflect, and project our problems elsewhere arises. I encourage you to find what needs healing in your life during this time and take an action step to heal it. If you need to forgive someone, do it. If you need to let go of something/someone, do it. If you need to stand up for yourself, to hold your ground, do it. Whatever medicine of the spirit you find yourself looking for, don’t withhold it from yourself any longer.

Know that there is a silver lining in the darkness. What you are searching for in the new year can be created.

Curried Squash Soup

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Soup season is upon us! So much deliciousness in one giant pot! I just kind of made this one up as I went along and it turned out so good! So try it out for yourself and see if you like it!

I love soups because they are super affordable and make so so much. Plus it’s seems to be so nourishing to sit down to a nice piping hot bowl of soup.

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Ingredients

Broth

5 cups of Water

1/4 yellow onion

3 Carrots

1/2 cup Cabbage

1/2 cup Kale

Soup

1 Squash (any variety)

1 Large Yam

Vegan butter

Salt

Pepper

1/2 Yellow Onion

2-3 Carrots

1 can Coconut Milk (simple brand)

1/4 cup Madras Curry Peppery Coconut with Coriander Sauce

1 tsp Paprika

1 tbsp Cumin

1 tbsp Coriander

Toppings

Cilantro

Feta

Lemon or Lime

Avocado

Serves: 10-12

Side (optional)

Jasmine Rice

Time: 50-60 min

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Turn on the oven to 350 degrees. Take your squash and cut it in half (Or, if you have issues opening it, you can do what I did, which was drop it off my balcony to get it to crack open). Take out a baking pan and place the squash in it skin side down. Take a small scoop of vegan butter and place it in the middle of the squash. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and set it in the oven. Set the timer for 45 minutes.

Next, take out a bid pot and fill it with the water for your broth. You can, of course, just buy vegetable or chicken broth, but there’s no fun in that and this tastes way better! Chop up and peel yam, cut onion, carrots, cabbage, and kale or substitute any vegetable you would like to make the broth. Set on medium/ow heat. Cover with a lid and let cook for 45 minutes.

If you would like to serve with rice, in the last ten minutes on the timer, make about 1/4 cup of rice for every two people you want to serve. Have a 2:1 ratio of water. So if you preserving a family of four you would have 1/2 cup of rice and 1 cup of water. Put water in a pot on high heat. Add about 1 tbsp olive oil. Once boiling, add rice, cover with a lid, and put on medium/low heat for 10 minutes.

Once your squash is done and your broth is ready, take the squash out of the oven. Let it cool for a few minutes and then take off the peel. Place the squash in a blender, along with raw carrots and onion. Cover with the broth you just made and blend. It’s okay if you need to do several rounds to fit it all in your blender. Once all of the veggies are blended and in the big pot on medium heat, add a big pinch of salt and a big pinch of pepper. Add paprika, cumin, coriander, coconut milk and curry. If you can’t find this brand, use can definitely use another or add in regular curry powder (if using powder only add in 1-2 tbsp). Stir well and serve. If you would like, you can garnish with cilantro, feta, avocado, and squeeze lemon over it.

enjoy ❤

 

Pose of the Week: Dolphin

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Dolphin

MAKARASANA

Benefits of the Pose:

  • Relieves mild depression, headaches & back pains
  • Helps to calm the mind
  • Relieves symptoms of osteoporosis
  • Strengthens shoulders and abdominals
  • Stretches Hamstrings
  • Opens Heart
  • Preparation for forearm balance

Such a beautiful posture, amazing for alignment and strengthening the body to prepare for forearm balance. To get into this posture, begin in table or Adho Mukha Svanasana (Down ward facing dog). Once you have come into alignment in your preparatory posture, come down to your fore arms. Hands can come together into prayer, lay flat on the floor, or gently be clasping one another. If hamstrings are tight, you may take a bend in the knees. Otherwise, root though your ankles, allowing them to press into the floor. Allow the collar bones to lift and spread as shoulder blades draw near one another, chest beams towards the knees. Head hangs heavy. ❤

Please feel free to leave any questions, comments, or recommendations bellow.

Avocado Pancakes

Avacado Pancakes

An alternative to the sweet starchy breakfast! Here’s a meal that will excite your taste buds and set you right for the day ❤

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1/4 Cup Coconut Flour

1/2 tsp Baking Soda

A pinch of Salt

2 eggs

1 Avocado

3 shallots

Vegan Butter

1/4 cup Unsweetened coconut milk

Dressing:

4-6 tbsp Vegan butter

1 tbsp Parsley

1/4-1/2 lemon

Garnish:

Shallots

Parsley

Avocado

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Take out a large mixing bowl and add in eggs, avocado (mashed), baking soda, salt, coconut flour, coconut milk and stir well. Grease a frying pan with butter, turn heat on medium/high, add a dollop of batter. Allow the pancake to cook on one side until the edges are golden brown or you see bubbles simmering to the top. Flip. While making pancakes, take out another small pot and add in butter, lemon juice, and parsley. Melt on very low heat so as not to wilt the parsley. Place pancakes on a plate, drizzle dressing over top, garnish and enjoy.