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My sister, Stacie, is here from Florida to help me with my April Raw Food Certification class that starts Friday. Its 5 days of non-stop set up for the class but she is finally over at the retreat house prepping food with 4 other amazing raw food helpers today. Its always an incredible experience meeting the people who come to the class. I think the furthest person coming to this one is Seoyull from Korea! Its always a life shifting experience for them and for me. I’m ready to be in the bubble of bliss that is created from each class! Ill be tweeting pictures throughout the weekend so make sure you follow me on twitter!
Stacie made these incredible plantains yesterday for us that are so easy to make and really unique. Just make sure you use really ripe plantains or they won’t taste good at all:
A couple of VERY RIPE plantains
Melted coconut oil
Pinch of sea salt
Slice the plantains into bit size pieces like you would a banana.Pour some melted coconut oil over the plantains. Use enough melted coconut oil to coat the plantains. Mix them around in the coconut oil and then sprinkle a large amount of cinnamon, curry and sea salt on them to coat them really well. They should look brownish-orange from the spices. Let sit and marinate for at least an hour. Enjoy!
I got back from Richmond Virginia yesterday morning. I was there to take a 4 day Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Training. I almost didn’t make it past Thursday night before I even started the class. I definitely went with the intention of processing some stuff about the last 2 years and all that’s happened and also to shift my perception on some issues that I’ve been dealing with, like a low level anxiety that seems to always be under the surface.
It’s been many years since I’ve actually been a student. It felt important for me to start doing that again as its something I used to do regularly. I had to put my ego aside and be fully present as just me. Well, I didn’t have to be, but I wanted to be, otherwise, what was the point of going. It took a day or so to just settle into that. It seemed the theme for me was to just BE. It was amazing how many times I went back and forth from hating the class, to loving it, to looking up early flights to come back sooner, to thinking about taking the next level of training.
I’ve been working on my spiritual growth for 25 + years now and its always an interesting process of peeling back the layers. Although I teach this stuff, it’s not so easy when it’s me having to do it. Depending on where I’m at and what’s coming up, it can also be challenging at times for sure. On the surface this training was very subtle. Having done years of intensive process work, I figured having someone put me into a yoga posture and ask “what’s happening now” would be a piece of cake. I thought it would be easy for me to explore my feelings around what was happening now for me. However, I didn’t think that this one little sentence, asked over and over again, along with lots of silence and absolutely no feedback or emotion from my partner would spur some major realizations for me. In fact, the lack of verbal communication from my partners that we were paired up with was actually irritating to me at first. Why wasn’t she at least giving me an “oh yes, I see” or a “wow, that’s interesting, what else is going on for you” or at the very least, a head tilt with a twinge of a smile reassuring me that she understood what I was saying. But I got nothing. Welcome to Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. The most irritating thing at the time was the “what’s happening now” line. I was just trying to ‘be’ with myself and my feelings. Some of what I realized was that I wasn’t really feeling much of “what was happening now”. I seemed to be numb to some deeper feelings and seemed to want to rush through many of the emotions, which, in the past, have always been easy for me to connect with.
I’m still not sure about all that has transpired in the last week. I’m letting it simmer for a few days. Small and large realizations are still bubbling up. There were many aspects of this trip that lent itself to some major growth for me this week. Although I’ve traveled alone since Dennis’s passing, it’s always been to see family or friends and I’ve stayed with other people. Being in a hotel alone, for days, for the first time since Dennis passed was an uncomfortable feeling since we used to travel together all the time. Other parts of this trip threw me out of my comfort zone in many ways.
A big realization I had came late in the day on the last day of class. I realized that I don’t like to be uncomfortable. At all. I know that doesn’t sound like a huge break-though. I mean, who likes to be uncomfortable? But for me, it was huge. I mean, I’ve spent years crying and processing out angers and fears and getting in touch with those emotions that aren’t fun to feel. Even now, I’m so quick to want to feel the depths of my feelings at all cost. I have no problem allowing the feelings of pain, hurt, sadness etc… to bubble up and be dealt with. But, I realized it’s to be able to ‘get it out’ quickly so I can be rid of it. I’ve always thought that was one of my stronger qualities, that I can feel deeply, see what it really is and move through it. But I touched a part of myself that also cannot, for any length of time, just SIT and BE with the feelings so that it may show me other things and lead me even deeper into the parts of myself that I may not want to know.
I came home feeling quite and introspective. I don’t feel like I need to talk as much as I usually do. Somehow I feel lighter but more grounded. I feel more connected again, and this is what I was needing. My morning meditations feel deeper and more real. I feel balanced and more peaceful. And amazingly, that low level anxiety seems to be gone.
So my time in Richmond, although a rollercoaster ride, seemed to be just what the doctor ordered Even through the resistance, doubts and mental gymnastics my mind was engaged in for most of those 4 days.
So for those of you following me on twitter and wondering why every other tweet was a love hate relationship with those 4 days, here is the longer explanation!
I also love coming home after any kind of traveling. It always makes me appreciate what I have and gives me a new perspective on my life. Something I desperately needed.
Oh and I almost forgot, the place I felt most at home all week, Ellwood Thompsons! Its like a mini whole foods. I spend my mornings getting juice and smoothies there and amazing salads for lunch. They had kale salad, raw broccoli salad, raw slaws and lots of raw snacks so it was my saving grace when I felt out of my comfort zone at times. I’m such a foodie that the health food store was so exciting for me, ha! I could have spend hours there.
I’m thinking of spending some of the summer in Vermont to take another Phoenix Rising Training….or do I just want to lay on the beach…. Hmmm, panic zone or comfort zone… I think I’ll have to let this settle for a day or two….
Ive posted this recipe from my new book, Raw Food for Everyone, before but…Its worth repeating!
If you don’t have Burdock Root, you can get it online or at a health food store as dried pieces. You just steep it like a tea and add the rest of the ingredients. YUMMY!!!!
The Shiajit is my weekly special so order some today! As always, its a 24 hour sale so its good from today, Tuesday, at 12 noon to Wednesday the 16th at 12 noon.
All you need to do to get this discount is to click on the email that will be in your inbox at 12 noon today and it will take you to my opensky site to go shopping!
Don’t fret, if you not already signed up, you can follow me here. AND… Make sure you sign up because Ive got some amazing surprises in store for the people who are signed up to follow me! In a few weeks ill be giving away another gift (someone one a free vitamix a couple of weeks ago, just for signing up!) and a HUGE super special present that you wont believe!
You sign up to follow me on OpenSky – (No obligation and its free to sign up) When you sign up to follow me, you’ll get up to 50% off my favorite raw food finds in the form of weekly deals delivered directly to your inbox!
Ok here’s the recipe:
Burdock Root is a powerful anti-inflammatory herbal tea. A mildly bitter herb, it also stimulates the release of gastric juices and aids digestion.
Shilajit is considered the king herb of Ayurveda, the traditional Indian system of medicine. Shilajit contains at least 85 minerals in ionic form. Shilajit is a Sanskrit word meaning “conqueror of mountains and destroyer of weakness.” It is a mineral-rich humus (soil) that emanates from the crevices of the Himalayan mountains. Shilajit is truly a remarkable substance with a long history of human usage for healing, building, and rejuvenation.
Combine burdock tea and shilajit powder with these other ingredients to take the place of your morning coffee.
1 cup brewed burdock root tea
1 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon shilajit powder
1 tablespoon agave nectar
Combine all ingredients in a vita-mix or blender until frothy and warm from blending. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon if desired.
First let me tell you about these amazing raw bars that are on sale TODAY and only for 24 hours! You can get these at a huge discount until March 9th at 12:00pm when you follow me here to receive weekly deals. Once you sign up, these weekly deals will be sent straight to your inbox so you can start shopping!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE these bars! I don’t know about you, but I’m not crazy about most packaged bars. I always wonder whats really in them. These Love Force Bars are made with all organic raw ingredients.
These are great as energy bars or even dessert, but Ive also been using them as a quick whole food meal. They’re extremely filling! They’re individually wrapped so I keep a few in my glove compartment whenever I’m out and about and don’t have to to stop or when I know I wont be home for hours. Stock up on these before a plane trip -you’ll be so happy to find one in your bag during a long flight. I took a bunch with me on my recent trip to Italy as an easy treat.
Oh and they taste incredible! They’re made with nuts, seeds, dates, berries, and all different spices - they have a lot of different flavors and they are all delicious!
Each bar weighs 3 oz and the sample pack includes:
- Cherry Vanilla
- Chocolate vanilla
- Chocolate Lemon
- Fig Ginger
- Granola Cacao
- Mango Pecan
- Chocolate Mint
- Goji Lemon
- Chocolate Orange
And If your not already following my Weekly Deals, heres how you can get my Raw Super Specials:
When you sign up to follow me, you’ll get up to 50% off my favorite raw food finds in the form of weekly deals delivered directly to your inbox!
(The only drawback is that its only in the US! I’m working on changing that soon!!!)
Okay now for the Sauerkraut Recipe!!!
Look how cool the inside of this cabbage looks! I only use purple cabbage most of the time.
This is from my new book Raw Food for Everyone. Ive been making this throughout the winter and its so good for digestion and just taste so amazing! I dont even wait untill it ferments to eat it, its great that day!
Shred the cabbage with a knife, rather than in a food processor, so the cabbage comes out shredded rather than diced. Sauerkraut makes a great addition to wraps and other sandwiches. If you want less heat, reduce the amount of jalapeño. No water is necessary in this fermenting process because of the high moisture content of cabbage and the use of salt in this recipe. Warmer weather will expedite the process. It’s ready when the cabbage has softened and there’s a slightly fizzy, slightly sour taste.
Makes 8 cups
3 cups apple cider vinegar
1 to 2 jalapeño chiles, stemmed
1½ tablespoons coriander seeds
½ head napa cabbage, shredded
½ head purple cabbage, shredded
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1. Put the vinegar, jalapeños, and coriander seeds in a Vita-Mix and blend to create the brine. Set aside.
2. Combine the cabbage, salt, and pepper and thoroughly toss with the brine. Place in a ceramic bowl or large crock. Store at room temperature on the countertop for 5 days, stirring at least once a day.
3. Transfer the sauerkraut to clean quart-size jars, cover, and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.
Helloooo from Ice Land! Only kidding but wow! Talk about some snow. Major snow storms every week and now we are supposed to get 27 inches on tuesday and wednesday! AHH!!!
Even the water across the street is freezing! Does ocean water freeze??!!
So, we are leaving tomorrow morning for FL before Dennis has a nervous breakdown from shoveling, lol! He keeps telling me he’s too old for this kind of weather so we are taking a little break.
BUT, before I go, some fun news! I know many of you have signed up for my weekly coupons. If you haven’t already, sign up now and you’ll be entered to win a FREE VITAMIX! Im giving one away on the 7th of February to one lucky person who signs up! Oh and don’t worry, if you’ve already signed up to follow me, your already entered in this drawing as well!
For those of you following me for my weekly coupon specials… Here is what is coming up:
This week I’m giving you a great deal on Hemp Protein, Hemp Seeds and Hemp oil!
Next week is THE BEST CHOCOLATE you’ve ever tasted! Seriously, if you think you’ve tasted great Raw Chocolate, THIS is the best! I’m so excited about this and its just in time for Valentines day! Sooo, sign up to get notified now!
I know I’ve let everyone know about what I’m doing with OpenSky, but for those who haven’t heard – I’m lining up exclusive offers on my favorite products for all of you with up to 50% off! Just sign up to follow me and you’ll get these exclusive offers delivered to your inbox once a week.(usually Tuesdays or Wednesdays)
So, make sure you sign up to get these exclusive offers and qualify to win a Vitamix!
And of course no obligation to sign up. Its free and you can choose which weekly coupons to use or not.
Here’s how my new weekly coupons will work:
When you sign up to follow me, you’ll get up to 50% off my favorite raw food finds in the form of weekly deals delivered directly to your inbox!
All you have to do is sign up to follow me HERE and once a week you get a coupon for an amazing product. Signing up is free of course. I just need to be able to send you the coupon deals to your email. There’s no obligation, you may choose to use none, some or all of them but I promise you, there will be some amazing deals that you’ll love and prices that you won’t find elsewhere! I’m working hard on setting up incredible deals with all kinds of suppliers!
And don’t forget to read about my new Living on Live Food CD below in the last post. We are getting amazing feedback already. Great low shipping cost as well!
I’m so excited to be offering you this CD. It has been a long time in the making. Although the words and suggestions in this CD are straightforward and simple, the results have been extremely powerful! Ferdinand and I have been working with groups of people using this CD to test the effectiveness and the results have been amazing!
After announcing this yesterday on a bulk email, we have sold over 200- in one day! I know its because people have experienced first hand how effective my Living on Live Food Book and DVDs are and these are going to be an amazing addition to those life-changing products!
After 21 days of continued use, ALL of the people we have shared this CD with reported incredible results. Some of these include:
- Eating better
- Able to stay on their eating regime with more ease
- More willpower
- Feeling happier with their diet
- Less anxiety about their food choices
- Choosing healthier food over less healthy food without thinking about it
- Less cravings
The majority of them reported feeling calmer, more balanced and peaceful on a daily basis.
Many of these people told us that they were able to stay raw longer then they were ever able to before and that it was easier and more joyful to do.
After 21 days of consecutive use, they continued to listen to this CD 2-3 times and week and continued to have fantastic results.
People also reported being able to get back on track easier and quicker by listening to this CD if they had veered off of their eating plan.
This CD helps you to stay on a more nutritious diet and with the addition of Gloria Galante’s music, it is also restorative and healing. Gloria is an internationally accomplished musician. Her work as a Certified Music Practitioner is highly therapeutic and is utilized in hospitals, healing facilities and multimedia.
Please send me an email and let me know how you like this new CD!