How dirty are your reusable bags?

Apparently there are many of us out there who are forgetting to wash our reusable grocery bags on a regular basis. Here’s an article about it.

Are you “allowing” today? If not consider a 5 minute change.

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I stumbled upon a great YouTube video tonight: “5 minutes to awesomefy your life” and I wanted to make sure that I shared it!  (and yes…he had me at the title lol)

In this great video the speaker talks about the importance of taking time to get our emotions in a great place before we start our day. I love this comparison of nurturing ourselves emotionally to taking a shower or eating breakfast. He also explains that we can choose from a variety of practices to help ourselves start the day in a blissful way.

I like the explanation of “mastery” on this video as well. Interesting.  “….practice primarily for the sake of practice itself.” (–George Leonard) This makes complete sense to me. “Blissipline” ?! …well it sounds really cheesy but also cute lol.

Here’s hoping that you find 5 minutes to start your day in a blissful way 🙂

After much ado…a new post: Vision boards

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Hello everyone! I apologize for my long absence from the blogging world. I’m still not convinced that my original vision for this blog fits anymore, as I’m less preoccupied with my food choices, and more interested in a more holistic approach to wellness. But, I’m loving my life more and more all of the time,  and sometimes I still feel that I have info that others might want to read 😉

In any case, I thought I’d share what I’m thinking about tonight just in case anyone might be interested.Vision boards. For those of you whom are not familiar with vision boards, here’s some info: What is a vision board? How do I make one?

I’ve made several vision boards, and have been amazed when I look back at the goals or dreams for my life that have actually come true.

I have always used bristol board and just cut pictures and words out of magazines. I was thinking that I’d like to update mine…and somehow the thought of keeping my huge bristol board version hanging in my closet is losing it’s appeal.  I see it everyday; however, I’m trying to declutter my life, organize, and beautify my world, and somehow this big board doesn’t fit the same way it used to. Perhaps that just means I need to update it with new pictures etc. Or perhaps I need a new way to display it.

So I’m thinking of ideas. I found this video which explains how to make a portable vision board. You could take this with you wherever you go 🙂 Plus it really doesn’t cost anything to make. Niiiice.

It seems like there are a lot of software companies / online companies who promise to let you create and share your vision board online. I’m not going to recommend any of these as I’m not familiar with any of these programs. I can imagine applications that would be fantastic for such programs though! For example: I bet there’s a way to carry your vision board with you on your iPhone / hand-held device. There may even be an app for this already?! Here’s an example of a digital “Mind Movie.”

Another idea is Vision books. That seems like a good idea b/c you can add pages and it’s very portable. Maybe a “Vision binder” would be a good idea?!

However, the whole idea of a vision board is that you place it in an area where you see it all of the time / very often. In this way you end up taking in the words,  affirmations (for more info on affirmations read about the amazing work of Louise Hay), images, and even emotions reflected by the vision board and attract them into your own life. Your goals become your reality.

Here’s a video of John Assaraf (from the movie The Secret) sharing how his vision board worked (and still works) in his life. You actually get to see a few of his vision boards too.

Happy visualizing 🙂

Yummy supper recipe

I was searching for a quick and healthy supper recipe the other day when I remembered one that my sister recommended:  Cheesy Zucchini Enchiladas .  It was fairly quick (especially when I used bottled tomato sauce instead of making enchilada sauce!) I know….I’m such a rebel 🙂

The family verdict: My son loves it. He said “Mom I hate zucchini,  but I loved it in this! It doesn’t even taste like zucchini!”; however, my daughter didn’t like it at all. I loved it though 🙂

Overall thumbs up!

Women Food and God–book review/reflections

I have been reading the book “Women Food  and God—An unexpected path to almost everything” lately and found that it really touched me.  I read it b/c Oprah said that after reading it—she no longer has issues with food! Coming from her after all of her struggles with food—I was curious. How could one book help her so much with such a profound issue?! Though I didn’t think I “needed” to read it I wanted to read it to see how it had helped her so much. Then on the inside leaf I read “The way you eat is inseparable from your core beliefs about being alive. Your relationship with food is an exact mirror of your feelings about love, fear, anger, meaning, transformation and, yes, even God.” Well that had me  hooked—it’s a fascinating concept!

As I read at first I thought that this book about women dealing with food disorders and a retreat where women go to come to grips with their food issues wasn’t really for me, but I continued to read thinking that surely there must be something to this…

I know that there are times when in the midst of feeling emotional I sometimes eat something that I know isn’t great for my body. I suspect I’m not the only one. And while I don’t feel I have a food disorder it was helpful to examine why I sometimes turn to food to “numb” whatever is going on emotionally. I think the author’s idea that when we reach for food to “numb” we are saying “I have no choice but to numb myself. Some things can’t be felt, understood or worked through….There is no possibility of change so I might as well eat.” is really important. This book advocates that “when you believe in yourself more than you believe in food, you will stop using food as if it were your only chance at not falling apart.” What a beautiful message!

I was unprepared for how this book caused me to pause and reflect upon my own relationship with food.  Vegetarianism has been a wonderful way for me to rediscover a love of cooking and the joy of food! I found that eating a “nutritarian” way really helped my body when it wasn’t feeling very healthy; however, perhaps the way I viewed it was  not as healthy as it could have been. Looking back perhaps controlling what I ate was really a way for me to have control over something at a time when my ex left and I felt like I was less than, worthy of leaving, and out of control emotionally.

Now I’m more interested in eating in a way that brings me joy! I don’t really need a label of nutritarian / vegetarian—though yes I eat vegetarian, and I still find it joyful to eat nutritarian quite a bit. Now when I eat something that is not nutrient dense…it’s not a “slip up” or a “mistake” but a conscious decision to do something that brings me joy.

In this wonderful book, Geneen says “If Love could speak to you about food it would say <<Eat when you are hungry, sweetheart, because if you don’t , you won’t enjoy the taste of food. And why should you do anything you don’t enjoy? >>If love could speak to you, it would say, <<Eat what your body wants, darling, otherwise you won’t feel so well, and why should you walk around feeling tired or depressed from what you put in your mouth?>> If love could speak to you my little cream puff, it would say <<Stop eating when you’ve had enough, otherwise you will be uncomfortable, and why spend one minute in discomfort?>>”

This makes sense to me. Loving yourself and your body by your food choices, and living a life not about deprivation but following your bliss. When I really listen to my body great food choices happen naturally…and when I choose junk I enjoy it…then my body reminds me that I’ve had enough and I return to my healthier way of eating.
This book was a wonderful reminder of how eating should be joyful and mindful!  It is sooo important to love yourself and your body regardless of what you weigh! Then as you listen more to what your body wants I think the combination of healthy eating and exercising just flow naturally and don’t seem like such a chore!  I didn’t expect it to have such an impact on me—and I can see why Oprah was so touched by it. I highly recommend it 🙂

This is me… on a cleanse

Well I’ve decided that along with my renewed zest for life that it is about time for another cleanse. I prefer to do a cleanse under the direction of my naturopathic doctor, but I realize there are others who are quite comfortable doing one on their own. I paid for one visit with my ND and she gave me advice on healthy eating and she tailor made my eating plan! Mine is more of a gentle cleanse so that I can still do my daily activities and don’t feel confined to my house. I also find it comforting knowing that I can always contact her if I need some advice or help while on my cleanse. As is normally the case I am also on a very clean eating routine which has minimal carbs, minimal dairy, and minimal fats. There is still protein involved but less protein from fatty source and more from healthy sources.

The last time I was on this cleanse I really felt that it helped my body balance out so I’m eager to have the wonderful feeling again. I figured I’d post while on this journey once in awhile to help keep myself on track…and if others are interested they can see what a gentle cleanse prescribed by a N.D. is like.

So far so good. I blew it on my second day though when I attended a birthday party! I don’t really regret it though–I had fun and got right back on track that evening in terms of eating. I can already see that my body is craving carbs and junk. It’s kind of scary how powerful the cravings are. It’s definitely a type of addiction. I realized that when I felt like if only I could have a few slices of bread or some “fishy crackers” then life would be good lol.

Well I’m drinking my probiotic tea (tastes like chamomile) mmmm and getting ready to figure out what to make for breakfast. I hope all of you have a wonderful day…and here’s to healthy eating!

Share the love :)

"I love you" in sign language

I stumbled across this video and found it really uplifting. It’s a great reminder of how I choose to live my life and I thought some others might appreciate it. In fact I might even watch it often to help myself get in that great feeling place! Why not?! Nobody said “meditation” has to be difficult…sometimes just taking the time to pause and absorb something touching enriches our soul.

Enjoy the video 🙂

Love Crunchy