Plant Based Diets

I never thought years ago when I was first diagnosed with a dairy allergy, that someday there would be a huge selection of plant based foods to choose from. There are now so many options to eat healthier foods that are lower in calories, rich in nutrients and are not so destructive on the environment.

After having health issues for years due to developing a dairy allergy, it was a struggle giving up my beloved cheese, but once it was out of my diet, my migraines and asthma healed and I lost weight.  Several people told me they would rather die than go without their cheese, over dramatic for sure, but I found several great substitutes that taste just as good or even better than the cows version.

Years before I started my plant based diet, I met a woman who was almost 100 pounds overweight.  She started making raw foods and meals, and it changed her life.  It was amazing to see her almost a year later as she had lost 100 pounds, her hair and skin were glowing, and she was the happiest she had ever been.  All the positive changes were a result of a single decision to make dietary changes, which affected all other areas of her life including physical and mental health and improved self-esteem.

I’m not suggesting you change your diet, but would encourage anyone to try some plant based foods and see if you notice a change in your energy level, complexion or weight.  You may be surprised at how a plant based diet affects you.  Research indicates that people who add more plant based foods into their daily diet have improved immune systems, a reduced in inflammation, lower cholesterol and stabilized blood sugars.

Even if you are not into plant based foods but are passionate about the environment, look at the impact of factory farming, which is not healthy for animals or people.

One of my favorite new foods is a “hamburger” made out of pea protein and beets.  It looks and tastes as good or even better than any hamburger I have ever eaten. It’s delicious!

Life is a journey and making some changes in food or diet can be a tasty adventure!

 

Rustic Rock Games

Ok, so this is weird, probably really weird, but I recently got into the painted rock scavenger hunt in my area and have been having fun biking and hunting the woodland trails of my local community for rock gems.  I have found some really cool rocks that I have added to my collection.  Some I keep, and others I re-hide, but recently I came across a piece of a tree that had been sawed into a thick slice.  I noticed that someone had used a chainsaw to cut criss cross lines across the top of the tree trunk that was left behind.

Being a lover of games, I decided to drag the large piece of wood home with me and used my wood burner to burn some solid lines into the top and then went out in search of round rocks which I painted with X and O’s and created a rustic, natural tic tac toe game that now sits on my front porch.

I know it’s weird, but the pandemic has ignited my creativity beyond art, writing and cooking, and now I’m thinking outside of the box, or in this case, outside of the rock.

Whatever you’re into, games, biking, hiking, creating, do something kind of crazy, you might just rock it!

 

 

Why You Need to Laugh

Laughing during a pandemic? Of course!

It is exactly at this time of emotional stress and physical isolation that we need to laugh the most. We are not laughing at the problem, or the global situation, but simply choosing to live in the moment and lighten our mood.

As a Certified Laughter Leader, I teach the health benefits of laughter. Not only does laughter fuel the body with much needed oxygen, but it also lifts the spirit and decreases negative emotions such as sadness or anger.

Laughter is a part of mindfulness and when we focus on what is good in our lives, what is going right or well, then we change our perspective. The theory behind laughter therapy is that laughter is truly the best medicine. Allowing yourself to let go and laugh by participating in some silly activities or just having fun, allows you to release physical and emotional stress and tension.

Life doesn’t change around you, but changes within you, when you make the decision to bring more laughter into your life. You may not feel like laughing, but giving yourself permission is the first step. If you watch children, they have a natural way of being joyful. Pets are another wonderful source of joy and happiness. Watching my cat chase a butterfly and running up and down the stairs provides me with brief moments of happiness.

Whatever you are doing, or wherever you are at this moment, think about a funny incident and give yourself permission to giggle, or spend the day giggling and releasing all of the yuck of the world.

Life will eventually change and become peaceful and safe again, but until then, find someone to laugh with, or laugh by yourself. It feels great and its healthy for you!

Turmeric Stir Fry and Lemon Crusted Tofu

Always on the look out for new foods, we recently found Wildcrafted Natural Organic Turmeric Paste at our local grocery store, so last night we made turmeric stir fry with lemon crusted tofu and it was delicious!  We used a cast iron wok, adding in some extra minerals into our already healthy meal!

Recipe:

Chop 2 cups organic broccoli, 1 cup carrots, 1 onion and any other veggie you desire

Cut super firm tofu into thin-medium slices and coat in gluten free flour and gluten free panko crumbs

Deep fry the tofu in avocado oil (or oil of your choice), turn over when brown

Fry veggies for approximately 5-7 minutes

Boil rice noodles for 5 minutes, add into wok with veggies, stir fry for extra 2 minutes and serve

Dipping Sauce

Veganaise – 1/2 cup, add a squeeze of lemon and some dried dill seasoning

Serve and enjoy!

 

 

 

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A Sign of Hope

A few years ago, I was living in the tropics and had traveled away from home on a short trip.  I was making the 30 mile drive from the airport to my house when I saw this beautiful rainbow out the window of my car.  I quickly snapped a picture and was so mesmerized with seeing an entire rainbow, I almost drove off the road.

It was a difficult time in my life, probably one of the hardest that I experienced alone, yet when I saw the rainbow, it gave me hope.  The picture recently popped up in my photo album and it reminded of how my life changed for the better after seeing the rainbow.  Then I found this online:

Rainbows are a symbol of hope in many cultures. … Rainbows are frequently represented in Western art and culture, as a sign of hope and promise of better times to come.

I don’t think it was a coincidence, and I don’t believe in them, but during such troubled times in our country, I believe that we all need hope that we can restore to a state of peace and take an active role to personally spread peace, not hatred, violence or judgments.

We all need a bit of rainbow hope.

Seared Watermelon Tuna

For all you fun foodies out there, we have been exploring new recipes, and recently discovered that watermelon actually cooks, grills and bakes in a very tasty way!

The other night we made seared watermelon tuna.  The watermelon was cut into medium steak size pieces and then baked, marinated, and pan seared for a tasty tuna flavor.  The mock tuna was then placed on a bed of rice noodles and cucumber salad. The end result was delicious!

Our next foodie adventure will involve a baked watermelon ham…

 

 

How to Heal Yourself

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Not everyone desires to work through a lengthy therapy process, or has the time. Theta healing works on changing negative or limiting beliefs that prevent you from being successful or from making the necessary changes that you want to make that prevent you from living your best life possible. Theta healing can create change quickly at a subconscious level.

Everyone’s path to healing is uniquely different and individual.  As a Certified Theta Healer and Licensed Professional Counselor, my passion is helping people to heal in the areas of health and wellness, relationship conflict, career change, grief and loss, and addictions and recovery.