Monday, December 31, 2012

Filling up and Not out for the New Year

The Dawning of a New Golden Age Begins

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace."

People believe Jimi Hendrix was the creator of this quote but it was really Sri Chinmoy Ghose. A dear friend shared this with me as we approached the pivitol dates of 12-12-12 and 12-21-12. The Mayan prophecy may, in essence, be about this shift more than anything else.  Think Heart Healing. Heart Health.

More than just a pump for your blood, many scientists now believe it functions as a highly complex system with its own functional “brain.” There is an entire system called heartmath that helps us  focus our intentions on the wisdom of the heart. Imagine, trusting the intuition of the heart and accepting it's wisdom.  We live in our heads more than not and forget our heart is knocking on our noggins.

Nourishing our hearts starts with the breath, full abdominal breathing... so key to oxygenating the blood.  Other ways to nourish the heart include adding more blood building foods into your diet.
Deep dark leafy greens are one of the best ways to build your blood, adding in minerals to feed your cells and help your whole body communicate with itself.  Kale and collards are winter favorites.  Kale chips are becoming quite popular and everyone from the south can speak for collards perfect with black eyed peas on New Years Eve.

Filling up and not out is all about adding more fiber, hydrating regularly and chewing each bite more mindfully.  Filling up is also about filling your life up with people you love and creating time for what moves you physically and spiritually, whatever the passion. Speaking of passion and food.  I am a nut for black beans.  One of the best recipes I have enjoyed for the holidays and adding in more fiber is black bean hummus.  I discovered this delicious recipe in a vitamin catalog! Perfect for the holidays or especially after for filling up and not out, brimming with fiber in the beans, healthy medicine for the heart in cholesterol reducing garlic and olive oil and the blood circulating boost of jalpeno peppers.   A topping of cilantro or parsley adds a touch of detoxifying magic to boot.  Enjoy.

SPICY Black Bean Hummus  

1 clove garlic, peeled
2 tbs organic lemon juice
1 tbs sesame tahini
1 tsp ground cumin
¼ tsp sea salt
1 can black beans
1 small jalpeno pepper, chopped
1 pinch of crushed red pepper
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil

Chop garlic in food processor, add lemon juice, tahini, cumin, salt, black beans, pepper and process until smooth. Drizzle with oil, serve with pita chips or veggies.

Other foods that fill you up and can easily be staples in your diet are oats, nuts, soup, beans and legumes, tons of veggies and fruits and eggs.  Water is key as is breathing deep when you get up in the morning and before you go to bed, if at no other time.  Be mindful of your portion sizes, often related to the size of cup or plate you are using.  Winter fiber fun is using salsa on backed potatoes, doing more pita sandwiches, chili dinners, and breakfast smoothies filled with fiber and protein.  Try chia seeds in smoothies, very high in fiber and prevents absorption of fat and try a cup of delicious green tea with lemon and honey between meals - kicks in the hormone that tells you "I'm full."  

Happy YOU Year!  Have a wonderful holiday with friends and family.
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Love, Light and Joy Unbounded for 2013!

Upcoming Events:
January 5, 2013  Saturday
Immunestrone Soup Demo - Capitol City Farmers Market, Montpelier, Vt

January 10, 2013 6-7pm
Hunger Mountain Coop Thursday
Great Kitchen medicine for winter health! Learn about herbs, spices and certain foods most of us already have in our kitchen and how to combine them to both prevent and treat colds and flu and help build immunity when you need it most.  Demo, tastes and handouts.

January 12, 2013  Saturday noon
Sunflower Natural Foods  Soup and Winter Health demo

January 19th -- Waterbury Farmers Market  10-2pm
Herbal products: Chaga and Chaga Plus, Elderberry Syrup, Food baths, teas, tonics and more.

February 9th - Waterbury Farmers Market  10-2pm
Herbal products: Chaga and Chaga Plus, Elderberry Syrup, Food baths, teas, tonics and more.

March 21nd and 22rd    2013 Vermont Women in Higher Education Conference
"Pearls of Wisdom" Killington Grand Resort,  Killington, VT

Unstress for Success: Stress is one of the leading causes of chronic disease. It taxes our adrenals, creates insomnia and depression. Understanding food factors that can cause stress and fatigue and ways certain foods and strategies can reduce stress, stimulate the mind and energize the work day is part of this engaging seminar. Recipes, reflection exercises and tip sheets are provided.

March 27th,  Wednesday - 2013 Worksite Wellness Conference
Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center 8-4pm
Spirit in Business What does spirituality mean to you?  How do you bring spirit to your work? work-life/family-life challenges can create a climate of disharmony and stress that often leads to chronic illness and disease.  Spirit in business concepts support practices that tap the passion and heart of employees and galvanize a sense of safety and peace, creativity and joy in the workplace which can reverberate and invigorate all part of one's life.  We will review areas of attendees’ work cultures that need more balance be it emotional, physical, intellectual or social and tie it to spirituality.